During a recent hearing, Representative Matt Gaetz, a Republican from Florida, grilled FBI Director Christopher Wray about the bureau’s purportedly lenient approach to investigations concerning President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden. Gaetz challenged the Director, suggesting that the FBI might be shielding the Biden family from due scrutiny.
Quoting from a controversial WhatsApp message allegedly sent by Hunter Biden to a Chinese businessman, Gaetz set the stage for his query. The message, according to IRS whistleblower Gary Shapley, was released in June and included a stark warning, which Gaetz relayed in the hearing: “I’m sitting here with my father. I will make certain that between the man sitting next to me and every person he knows and my ability to forever hold a grudge, you will regret not following my direction.”
The statement, Gaetz suggested, bore an unmistakable resemblance to a ‘shakedown’. Wray, however, refused to comment on the matter, notwithstanding the ongoing investigation into Hunter Biden by the FBI and Department of Justice since 2020. It is noteworthy that Hunter Biden has recently pled guilty to tax and gun charges.
Yet, the FBI Director’s reticence to comment on the matter didn’t sit well with Gaetz. “You seem rather uncurious about it. Almost suspiciously uncurious. Are you protecting the Bidens?” Gaetz asked Wray, to which the Director firmly replied, “Absolutely not.”
Unconvinced by Wray’s answers, Gaetz concluded with a statement that called out the Director’s apparent reluctance to engage with the question. “But you won’t answer the question of whether this was a shakedown, and everybody knows why you won’t answer it,” Gaetz said, “because everybody knows that to the millions of people who will see this, they know it is, and your inability to acknowledge that is revealing about you.”
This exchange underscores a growing frustration among conservatives regarding the perceived inconsistencies and lack of transparency in federal investigations, particularly when they concern figures associated with the current administration. It’s a reminder that, in the realm of justice, every citizen deserves equal scrutiny, regardless of their connections or status.