By J. D. Heyes
FBI Director Christopher Wray has been praised by many within D.C. circles as a straight-shooter and law-and-order kind of guy, and yet earlier this week he proved that he’s not much different than the same swamp creatures out to depose POTUS Donald Turmp.
During testimony on Tuesday before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee regarding the bureau’s 2020 budget, Wray told the panel he wouldn’t use the word “spying” to describe the Obama deep state’s…spying…on the 2016 Trump campaign.
“Well, it’s not the term I would use. Lots of people have different colloquial phrases,” he said. “I believe the FBI is engaged in investigative activity, and part of investigative activity includes surveillance.”
Fired FBI Director James Comey, himself likely in hot, hot water over allegedly releasing classified memos to be leaked to the media, said something similarly asinine last month.
“I have no idea what (Attorney General William Barr)’s talking about. The FBI doesn’t spy. The FBI investigates,” Comey told CBS This Morning, according to Fox News.
Got that? The standard FBI response to accusations of ‘spying’ is obviously, “No, we do surveillance.” Of course, when you conduct surveillance on someone without their knowledge, you are spying on them.
We get why Comey would say something like that — he may be looking at some significant legal trouble for allegedly falsifying a FISA court spying surveillance warrant against Team Trump adviser Carter Page.
But Wray? Why? There can only be one answer: Because he, too, is a creature of the same deep state swamp that POTUS Trump has pledged to drain. And he will, if he can just wade through the ‘stuff’ that keeps floating to the top.
Fox News noted further:
In an interview on “America’s Newsroom” House Oversight Committee Ranking Member Representative Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, cited the Christopher Steele dossier, before making a dramatic statement about what went on ahead of the 2016 election in regards to surveillance on members of the Trump campaign.
“If that’s not spying I don’t know what is,” Jordan said. “[Fired FBI Deputy Director] Andy McCabe told us when we deposed him that, but for the dossier, they wouldn’t have gotten the warrant. So, the idea that they used it…Jim Comey’s own words: salacious and unverified. Not my words. Not Republican words.
“The Director of the FBI who has been fired said it was salacious and unverified when they took it to a court—a secret court—to get a warrant to spy on Carter Page who was associated with the Trump campaign,” Jordan continued.
AG Barr used the same term — spying — when he testified before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee in April about the Justice Department’s budget, Politico reported.
“Spying on a political campaign is a big deal,” he said. “I think spying did occur. The question is whether it was adequately predicated. And I’m not suggesting that it wasn’t adequately predicated. But I need to explore that.”
Meanwhile, it’s important to note that the FBI does indeed have a counterintelligence division, and that fired agent Peter Strzok was the No. 2 official in that division as Spygate was being launched.
“While the Counterintelligence Division continues to neutralize national security threats from foreign intelligence services, its modern-day mission is much broader,” says the Bureau’s website. “The FBI is the lead agency for exposing, preventing, and investigating intelligence activities on U.S. soil, and the Counterintelligence Division uses its full suite of investigative and intelligence capabilities to combat counterintelligence threats.”
If an agency is involved in espionage in any way — even counter-espionage — then it deploys and utilizes spies.
Wray needs to dispense with the standard “we just investigate” nonsense. We know better.
A version of this story first appeared at NewsTarget.