The Senate Judiciary Committee fails to hold the FBI director accountable for the massive intelligence failure for which his agency is chiefly responsible.
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On Thursday, September 24, 2020, at 10:00 a.m., the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on threats to the homeland.
On July 23 at 10:00 a.m., the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled, ”Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.” The committee has called FBI Director Christopher Wray as a witness. A livestream of the hearing is available here and below.
FBI Director Christopher Wray testifed on Tuesday before the Senate Appropriations Committee about the Bureau's Fiscal 2020 budget. The questions covered a wide range of topics, including law enforcement and intelligence challenges, Russian interference in the 2020 election, the Mueller report and Attorney General Bill Barr's characterization of lawful surveillance during the 2016 campaign as "spying." The full video is available below.
On Friday, FBI Director Christopher Wray delivered a speech at the Heritage Foundation concerning FISA Section 702. The following is his speech as delivered:
Christopher Wray took the oath of office at the FBI yesterday and thus started the clock ticking on a difficult problem he’s going to have to address: the fate of his deputy, Andrew McCabe, who has been serving as acting director since President Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey.
On Monday, FBI director nominee Christopher Wray submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee written responses to questions for the record. The full 55-page document is below.
President Trump's nominee to head the FBI, Christoper Wray acquitted himself well this morning before the Senate Judiciary Committee. He came off as sincere, serious, and well-intentioned. He said all the right things about protecting the Bureau's independence. And if he didn't address many of the key questions on which the Senate should have required answers, that's not really his fault.
Starting at 9:30am this morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a confirmation hearing for Christopher Wray, President Trump's nominee for FBI Director. Follow the livestream and keep up with Lawfare's liveblog below.
Wray's prepared remarks are available here.
Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley's statement is available here.
The Senate Judiciary Committee hears from Christopher Wray—the President's nominee to head the FBI—tomorrow morning. In anticipation of the hearing, one of us made the following video about what the Senate should talk to Wray about.