While Wednesday’s Oversight hearing was the focus of everyone, which examined the role Big Tech played suppressing the Hunter Biden laptop story as well as unpopular views about COVID (and that hearing had many gems), Thursday’s hearing opened with a hearing that could prove to be even more disturbing: The House Select Subcommittee for the Weaponization and the Federal Government.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (Republican-IA), who has been investigating the Biden’s financial and business relationships with foreign countries such as China, since at least 2020. He was approached by FBI whistleblowers. They claimed that the agency was trying to discredit their findings. The Select Subcommittee heard their opening testimony.
He said, “In the last few years, I have never seen so many efforts from the FBI, the partisan media, and some of my Democratic coworkers to interfere with or undermine very legitimate congressional inquiries.” It’s become a trinity of disinformation, outright falsehoods.
Grassley cited many examples from his investigations, focusing on Operation Crossfire Hurricane which was the FBI’s surveillance of the Trump campaign. He also recounted the public comments made by Democratic colleagues, shaming him for his efforts and leaking to the media about his meetings with FBI.
The Democrats replied by accusing the committee not of trying to find weaponization but to weaponize.
“Millions upon millions of Americans fear that weaponization, the right name for the special subcommittee, is not because weaponization or the government are its targets but because weaponization and the government are its purposes,” stated Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md), the only Democratic member who was invited to testify as a witness.
This is a defensive position, considering the thrashing Grassley gave to the FBI and media. He insinuated that these were partisan organizations working for Democrats.
“It is clear to me, Justice Department and FBI suffer from a political infection. If it isn’t defeated, the American people will lose faith in these historic institutions. It will also endanger our American way of living,” Grassley stated.
“I have run countless investigations over the years, but I have never seen so many from the FBI, the partisan press, or some of my Democratic colleagues that they interfere with and undermine very legitimate congressional inquiries,” stated Grassley.
Grassley is not content to weaponize the intelligence agency or suppress legitimate news reports about the president’s son. This may make his work on the House side more difficult than most people realize. It was reported that a whistleblower informed Senators that hundreds of FBI personnel and agents had resigned or retired in order to avoid being held responsible for investigations into the conduct of the agency, including its sexual misconduct.
According to the whistleblower, Chuck Grassley (Iowa U.S. Senator) told his office that the Justice Department had initiated a review of the FBI’s disciplinary databases in 2020 after an Associated Press investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct involving at least six high-ranking FBI officials.
According to Grassley’s letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray, and Attorney General Merrick Galrland, the follow-up review revealed that 665 FBI employees, which included 45 senior-level officers, resigned or were fired between 2004 and 2020 after a misconduct investigation. However, no final disciplinary letters could have been issued.
The FBI shake-up is the first step towards addressing Americans’ growing distrust in her government institutions. Not only are fundamental changes coming to Big Tech, but also for government agencies.