Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) intends to investigate the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s raid on Mar-a-Lago if Republicans return to the Senate this fall, he told Breitbart News.
Grassley, the senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, appeared on Sirius XM Breitbart News Saturday and shed light on a number of angles on the raid on former President Donald J. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence. Grassley initially claimed there was an FBI “double standard” regarding Trump, unlike other political figures, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden.
“I look at it in a larger context…and it’s the fact that the FBI over a long period of time has kind of a double standard. You know, you can go back to the Steele case,” Grassley told host Matthew Boyle, referring to the collusion hoax with Russia. “You can go back to the Carter page, FISA…warrant and, and you can go back to the Clinton emails. And it just seems to me that there are political biases in the FBI. And then I recently – you heard me give evidence of political bias for starting an investigation of Trump and then dropping an investigation of Hunter Biden. It is therefore legitimate to ask how much political prejudice still exists and what we are doing now.
“And then you’re going to see … Attorney General Garland making a statement that he wants to be totally transparent. If he wants to be totally transparent, then he should make sure that the affidavits follow the warrant, and then you have full transparency,” added Grassley.
On Thursday, the Iowa senator sent a list of questions to FBI Director Christopher Wray demanding answers about the raid, including whether he personally approved of it. A number of questions followed the same contrast he just stated regarding the equal application of the law. Specifically, he asked for answers about a distinction he draws regarding the FBI’s handling of investigations into Clinton and Trump, who said he had “worked and cooperated with the appropriate government agencies.” It should be noted that federal authorities never searched Clinton’s home.
“Comey wrote his exoneration statement even before interviewing [Clinton]. We have Clinton breaking records. There is no evidence that President Trump destroyed any records,” Grassley said Saturday. “You have Clinton…we know his server has been compromised and probably national security…concerns there. And then also, there’s no evidence that the president destroyed anything, there’s no evidence that he didn’t cooperate. And we need to know these facts.
Boyle asked Grassley if Trump should be exonerated if the FBI ultimately did not charge him.
“Well, the answer is that he…deserves a lot of exculpatory statements, going back to the Steele file, and everything that was done under [Special Counsel Robert] Mueller to destroy… his administration of four years, he fought all of that for four years. Everything turned out to be very misleading, baseless, the Carter Page case, the Steele case, all those things.
Boyle then asked the senator if “this could become the biggest scandal in the history of the Department of Justice” and if he expects any investigations into the DOJ’s lack of transparency from one or more the other of the houses of Congress if the Republicans obtain a majority.
“Well, obviously, a raid on the house of a former president is extraordinary. It might even be a violation of his constitutional rights… And think in terms of that, that he told them if you want more – he said this in return in June – if you want more material let me know. And unless they can prove the president was uncooperative, then I think this extraordinary decision should at least be questioned and, in some cases, legitimately challenged,” Grassley said.
“But going back to your questions about the resumption of the House of Representatives, I don’t think there’s any doubt about that. You already have Republicans in several areas, not just in this area, several areas , who say they’re going to open investigations. It’s their constitutional responsibility. I feel like it’s my constitutional responsibility. And if I’m in the majority, and I’m chairman of the judiciary committee, still once i intend to pursue all of these things until we get to the bottom of it but i hope you understand that under republican and democrat administrations we get a lot of hijacking from the Justice Department whistleblowers even told me that “we’re not going to do any of the Grassley investigations.”
“There’s a culture of political bias there that only Wray can fix,” he said. “And we need a strong program to change that culture. And he has to announce what he is and when he is executed, and heads have to roll, because people should have great faith in the number one law enforcement agency in the United States.