Sen. Grassley Demands FBI Director Wray Answer For Mar-a-Lago Raid

FBI director must explain the scope of the investigation that led to the raid and why Hillary Clinton didn't receive similar treatment when her server containing classified material was discovered in 2016.

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Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) demanded answers from Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Christopher Wray over Monday’s raid of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort.

Grassley, the ranking member of Senate Judiciary Committee, sent a letter Thursday to Wray with a series of questions about the FBI’s unprecedented raid of Trump’s Palm Beach residence.

“I didn’t get any satisfactory answers,” Grassley said on “Fox and Friends” after he revealed he spoke to Wray on Tuesday.

The questions are as follows:

  • “When did you approve the raid? When did Attorney General Garland?”
  •  “What was the predication for the raid? Please provide the predicating records, including the search warrant and supporting affidavit.”
  • “What is the scope of the investigation that predicated the raid? Is it limited to federal records and classification issues? Please explain.”
  • “Did you discuss the search warrant with anyone at the White House before or after its execution?”– “If so, what was discussed?”– “Did any member of the White House staff or other executive employee, official, or agent, direct you in any way to pursue and execute the search warrant? If so, who?”
  • “Did you discuss the search warrant with Attorney General Garland or any of his representatives or subordinates at the Department of Justice before or after its execution? If so, what was discussed?”
  • “Has the FBI employed a team to determine which records fall within the scope of investigation and those that fall outside of it? If so, when was that team employed? If not, why not?”

Grassley also asked Wray about the FBI’s apparent double standard when it came to Hillary Clinton and bureau’s “kid-gloves treatment relating to her mishandling of highly classified information” in 2016:

As the aforementioned fact pattern illustrates, the Justice Department and FBI engaged in long-running negotiation with Secretary Clinton and her lawyers. The government even allowed non-government attorneys to draft the letters that circumscribed the scope of the document review that would be performed by the FBI. That scope of review significantly limited the FBI’s ability to review all relevant records during Secretary Clinton’s tenure with the Obama-Biden administration. Has the Justice Department and FBI provided the same privilege to former President Trump and his attorneys?

“As the aforementioned fact pattern illustrates, the FBI, under the Obama-Biden Administration, agreed to destroy government records pertaining to Secretary Clinton’s mishandling of highly classified information as well as laptops associated with Ms. Mills and Ms. Wilkinson. Those records were subject to congressional subpoena and related requests. Has the Justice Department and FBI provided the same privilege to former President Trump and his attorneys? If not, why not?

Grassley requested Wray respond by August 25.

Read Grassley’s letter:




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