Multiple GOP senators are calling for the resignation of FBI Director Christopher Wray, citing concerns over the bureau’s leadership and alleged political bias. Ohio Senator JD Vance stated that Wray should resign, asserting that the American people have witnessed the FBI’s engagement in political hackery under his tenure. However, Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat, disagreed and expressed support for the FBI, emphasizing its role in protecting the country from violent extremism and other serious crimes.
Conservatives have accused the FBI of becoming politicized in recent years, including during Wray’s leadership. They have criticized the bureau for its lack of transparency regarding the January 6 Capitol riots and its raid on former President Donald Trump’s property to seize classified documents, as well as alleged retaliation against whistleblowers. Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri argued that reports of the FBI targeting parents at school board meetings indicate a pattern of abuse within the bureau. He also criticized its handling of investigations into both President Biden and Trump regarding classified documents.
House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer threatened to hold Wray in contempt of Congress for withholding a classified document alleging Biden’s involvement in a bribery scheme. However, the hearing was later canceled after the FBI agreed to allow the full committee to review the document and related files. Senator Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming expressed a desire to review the findings of the House Oversight Committee before forming an opinion on Wray’s future as FBI director.
Several Republicans stressed the need for the FBI to regain the trust of the American public. Senator Vance stated that many individuals within the FBI are more interested in politics than law enforcement, which undermines public trust. Senator Mike Braun, an advocate for transparency, suggested that Wray’s reluctance to disclose information indicates there may be something worth investigating. The senators’ calls for transparency and accountability reflect their concerns about the FBI’s actions under Wray’s leadership.
As of now, the FBI has not responded to requests for comment on the matter.