The FBI's Dubious Briefing

By The Editorial Board8 days ago

Did the FBI set up two Members of Congress for political attack under the guise of a defensive briefing? Its possible, and Senators Ron Johnson and Chuck Grassley are rightly demanding answers.

On Monday the Republicans sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines asking how the Washington Post came to know about an FBI briefing to both Senators on Aug. 6, 2020. A Post story last week used the info to smear Mr. Johnson and his report on Hunter Bidens foreign business dealings, suggesting that hed ignored FBI warnings and thus may have been manipulated by the Kremlin. The newspaper cited only anonymous current and former U.S. officials.

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In their letter the Senators note that the briefing came after pressure from Democratic Leadership. In July 2020, the Democratic Members of the Gang of Eightsenior Members with access to intelligence secretshad sent a letter and classified addendum to Mr. Wray specifically citing the Johnson-Grassley probe into Hunter Biden as reason for an urgent briefing for Congress about foreign disinformation. That news was then leaked, in what was an obvious attempt to tar the work of the two Republicans.

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