Marjorie Taylor Greene Introduces Articles of Impeachment Against FBI Director Chris Wray

Marjorie Taylor Greene Introduces Articles of Impeachment Against FBI Director Chris Wray
FBI Director Christopher Wray talks at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Jan. 19, 2023. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Joseph Lord
5/17/2023
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5/17/2023
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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) has introduced articles of impeachment against Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray.

“Director Wray has failed to uphold his oath and has instead overseen a denigration of the principles of our democratic republic by utilizing the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a Federal police force to punish or intimidate anyone who questions or opposes the current regime,” Greene wrote in the articles of impeachment.

The presidential appointee and his agency have come under fire recently as reports surface alleging widespread violations of Americans’ constitutionally-protected civil liberties, targeting of political enemies, and other allegations of partisan or illegal behavior.

In a statement announcing her filing of the articles, Greene wrote: “Under [Wray’s] watch, the FBI has intimidated, harassed, & entrapped Americans who have been deemed enemies of the Biden regime. Wray has turned the FBI into Joe Biden and [Attorney General] Merrick Garland’s personal police force.”

She accused Wray of using “Soviet-style tactics” to target normal Americans who disagreed with President Joe Biden’s policies.

U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) waits to speak during a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Feb. 1, 2023. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) waits to speak during a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Feb. 1, 2023. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
In the articles of impeachment, Greene wrote: “Rather than adhering to an oath he took to defend  and secure our country and uphold the Constitution when he was sworn in as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation on August 2, 2017, Director Wray has willingly refused to ensure that the laws passed by Congress and signed by the President are faithfully executed.”

Allegations of Misconduct

For instance, she cited whistleblower allegations claiming that the FBI had created a “threat tag” to target pro-life individuals and organizations in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturned the federal right to abortion.

In September 2022, the FBI raided the home of Matthew Houck, a pro-life Catholic, for having obstructed access to an abortion provider.

Other whistleblower claims backed by leaked documents reveal that the FBI has also targeted so-called “radical-traditionalist Catholics,” dubbing them “RTCs.” The leaked documents accused traditional and Latin Mass Catholic communities of being a harbor for “white supremacism” and indicated that the FBI intended to place informants in these churches.

In 2021, a required public audit found the FBI had abused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to carry out more than 3.3 million illegal queries of American citizens.

In another case, the FBI has allegedly aided and abetted criminal behavior. As many as 12 FBI agents allegedly participated in a 2021 plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, masterminding and encouraging men to carry out the plan.

The FBI came under even more scrutiny in the wake of the agency mounting a raid on the home of President Donald Trump, an unprecedented move. The raid allegedly was due to Trump’s possession of classified documents.

A police car sits outside former President Donald Trump's residence at Mar-A-Lago, in Palm Beach, Fla., on Aug. 8, 2022, as the FBI searches his home for classified documents. (Giorgio Viera/AFP via Getty Images)
A police car sits outside former President Donald Trump's residence at Mar-A-Lago, in Palm Beach, Fla., on Aug. 8, 2022, as the FBI searches his home for classified documents. (Giorgio Viera/AFP via Getty Images)

Subsequent findings have revealed that Biden has also allegedly mishandled classified documents, but no similar actions have been taken against him, Greene noted.

“Not only has Director Wray persecuted political opponents in an unprecedented and partisan way, but he has also overseen his agency take actions to shield and protect the current President and his family. A senior FBI official left the agency under a cloud of accusations that he shielded a laptop belonging to the President’s son, Robert Hunter Biden, from a criminal probe,” Greene said, citing allegations that the FBI sought to cover up the story about Hunter Biden’s laptop.

The laptop reveals the president’s son engaging in a litany of potential crimes, including apparently smoking crack cocaine.

Other findings from the laptop revealed business dealings involving the elder Biden, including while he was vice president.

President Joe Biden, with son Hunter Biden, arrives at Hancock Field Air National Guard Base in Syracuse, N.Y., on Feb. 4, 2023. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images)
President Joe Biden, with son Hunter Biden, arrives at Hancock Field Air National Guard Base in Syracuse, N.Y., on Feb. 4, 2023. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images)

Still, the FBI has not pursued criminal charges against either Biden. At one point, an FBI spokesperson told Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) that the FBI did not know where the laptop was.

“It is unacceptable for the Director of the FBI or any civil officer to exercise his power in a way that targets one political class while doing favors for the other,” Greene said. “Christopher Wray needs to be impeached.”

Greene’s articles of impeachment come as Washington’s attention is focused on the debt ceiling, which has to be raised within the next few weeks to avoid a U.S. default.

In the past, Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has said “we’re not gonna be political” with impeachment. It’s thus unclear if the speaker will give his blessing to Greene’s resolution.

Other Articles of Impeachment

Meanwhile, Republicans, including Greene and Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) have also pushed for the impeachment of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas over claims of mishandling the border. Greene also introduced articles of impeachment against Matthew Graves, U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. McCarthy has not seemed anxious to commit to these efforts.

Even though the articles might pass through the House relatively easily if McCarthy gives his blessing, the effort would face a steeper challenge in the Senate.

There, Wray would stand for trial on the charges. Sixty senators would need to vote to convict Wray before he could be removed from office. That’s an unlikely prospect as Democrats, who have been anxious to defend Wray and the FBI against GOP allegations of weaponization, are likely to oppose the move.

The FBI told The Epoch Times it had no comment on the resolution.

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