Republican Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) grilled FBI Director Christopher Wray at the House Weaponization Committee hearing on Wednesday.
Jordan demanded answers from Wray about the FBI’s targeting of Catholic Americans.
Jordan, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, blasted Wray for failing to explain the FBI’s actions:
“By the way, the copy you gave us, when can we get a copy that doesn’t have all these redactions on it so we can actually see what the American taxpayers were paying for to see their rights, their First Amendment religious liberty rights, attacked?
“You think priests should be informants inside the church, director?” Jordan asked.
Wray tried to downplay the issue in response.
“We do not recruit, open, operate confidential human sources to infiltrate, target, report on religious organizations,” Wray said.
“That’s not what this said, it sounds like you were trying to do it in Richmond, Virginia,” Jordan fired back.
Jordan asked what the motivation was for targeting and potentially investigating Catholics.
Wray said the agency is waiting for an internal review.
“Well I don’t need an internal review, I can read the document.
“I assume you can do the same.
“Because it says right there on the same page, ‘Richmond assesses extremist interest in radical, traditional Catholics likely to increase over the next 12 to 24 months in the run-up to the next presidential election.
“Same paragraph, ‘the events of which extreme and radical traditional Catholics might have common cause include legislation, judicial decisions in such areas such as abortion rights, immigration, affirmative action, and LGBTQ protections.’
“It’s political motivation, that’s what it is,” Jordan asserted,
“In the run-up to the next election and they talk about the border, affirmative action, and abortion rights.
“It’s total politics.”
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Jim Jordan GOES OFF on Christopher Wray over FBI’s anti-religious bias:
“What the difference between a traditional Catholic and a radical traditional Catholic?” pic.twitter.com/NZ00etoIVo
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