Republican Rep. Louis Gohmert asked FBI Director Chris Wray about the “political biases” of specific federal agents during an open hearing on Thursday.
The question stemmed from recent reports that an agent who worked on special counsel Robert Mueller’s team before he was removed in August sent texts last year that could be perceived as anti-Trump.
To some, however, Gohmert’s question seemed like a “political test” meant to gauge the bureau’s loyalty to the Trump administration.
A Republican member of the House Judiciary Committee left a number of observers stunned on Thursday when he read off a list of names of agents to the FBI director and asked him to disclose their political biases.
“As you’re aware, Deputy Director [Andrew] McCabe was involved in a number of cases that have been highly controversial due to his political leanings,” Texas Rep. Louis Gohmert said, presumably referring to McCabe’s involvement in the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email server.
McCabe’s wife ran for the Virginia state Senate in 2015 and received nearly $500,000 from a political action committee affiliated with Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who has ties to Bill and Hillary Clinton.
“Do you know of any other senior FBI executives that were aligned with McCabe’s political views?” Gohmert said.
“I’m not aware of any senior FBI executives who are allowing improper political considerations to effect their work with me right now,” FBI Director Christopher Wray replied.
“Let me ask you about specific executives, some of whom have been promoted by McCabe, within the last few years,” Gohmert said. “Are you aware of any of the following people openly aligning themselves with the political bias expressed by McCabe or openly speaking against this administration?”
Gohmert went on to name five FBI officials, asking Wray one by one whether they had expressed political bias “against the Trump …read more
Source:: Business Insider