Republican Senators Joh Hawley plus Rand Paul took the heads of the FBI and the Department Of Homeland Protection to task Thursday, with Hawley at one point directly telling Christopher Wray that he should have been terminated a long time ago.
Hawley also targeted Wray for previously leaving a committee hearing early so he could carry on a vacation .
“ You were at the United states senate Judiciary Committee. You keep in mind that I think so. We had to slice that hearing short. Wish supposed to do two rounds of questions. You said you needed to be somewhere, so we reduce it short. Republicans were not able to ask second round as we had been informed we might, ” Hawley noted.
The Senator continued, “ The press reported shortly thereafter that the cause that the hearing had to be reduce short is because you were soaring on a Gulfstream jet for any personal vacation in the Adirondack. Please tell me that’s not accurate. ”
It was accurate.
“ You left an oversight hearing with the Senate Judiciary Committee required by statute so you could vacation with your family, ” Hawley declared, adding “ I find that definitely unbelievable and, frankly, indefensible. ”
The Senator then provided examples of how the FBI has been overtly politicised and told Wray that he doesn’t believe he or she is up to the job of F Director anymore.
Hawley asserted “ frankly, I think you should have been long gone a long time ago. And given your behavior recently, I think this only makes it more apparent. ”
Hawley then twisted the cutlery by asking “ Are there any travel plans today that we should be aware of, that you have? We’re supposed to have a second round. Will you be here for that? ”
Elsewhere during the hearing, Hawley grilled Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas regarding the Biden management reportedly flagging social media posts it doesn’t such as as “ disinformation” and “ pressuring Big Tech to treat American citizens as though they’re threats to Homeland. ”
“ A federal judge in a federal government lawsuit [has said] you happen to be supervising the nerve middle of federally directed censorship… Is that constitutional? ” Hawley asked.
Mayorkas repeatedly claimed that the claims are false.
“ You are using private companies to carry out censorship on your behalf. It is dystopian, but worse than that, it really is unconstitutional, ” Hawley asserted.
“ It is also false, ” Mayorkas sardonically replied.
Rand Paul also grilled Wray about reported collusion between the FBI and Facebook , noting “ You may think it’s just jolly properly to get all this stuff with no warrant that people volunteer for you, but many of us are concerned that you’re getting this information that are private communications between people, because it is against the law. ”
“ You work with the government, you should admit in order to us whether or not you have a program going after our speech, ” Paul asserted.
As we highlighted recently , Paul has vowed to introduce legislation that would make it illegal to get government agencies and private big tech to secretly collude on such businesses, noting that “ this goes against everything that all of us believe in as far as the foundation of our constitutional republic. ”
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