During a House Intelligence Committee hearing, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) grilled FBI Director Christopher Wray regarding Hunter Biden’s laptop and the raid of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home.
In April 2019, Hunter Biden dropped his laptop off for repairs at a computer repair shop. He never went to retrieve it.
The laptop contains emails, text messages, photos, and financial documents, regarding his foreign business dealings alongside his father, President Joe Biden.
The FBI has denied its involvement in censoring information concerning the laptop.
“Do you believe the Hunter Biden laptop story is disinformation?” Stefanik asked Wray.
“Well, I want to be careful … there is an ongoing investigation that is relevant to that. So I have to be careful of what I can share on that here,” Wray said.
Stefanik persisted. “Do you believe the Hunter Biden laptop story is disinformation?” she asked.
“I don’t think there’s anything I can share on that in an open setting,” Wray responded.
Stefanik then asked the FBI director if he knew that FBI personnel were in contact with Twitter over the Hunter Biden laptop story.
Wray said he didn’t believe that FBI personnel contacted Twitter regarding Hunter’s laptop. “I think there were people in contact with Twitter about Russian disinformation efforts,” he said.
Stefanik interjected, “Of which the Hunter Biden laptop story was included, according to the FBI.”
Wray denied Stefanik’s claim.
Stefanik followed up by asking Wray if he knew the laptop was in the FBI’s possession since December 2019.
“I can’t speak to exactly when we had a laptop available. As you know, there is an ongoing investigation run by the U.S. Attorney out of Delaware from the prior administration that we continue to work very closely with,” Wray replied.
The New York congresswoman later asked Wray if he signed off on the raid of Trump’s home.
In August 2022, the FBI raided Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate citing an investigation into his handling of presidential documents.
“Lastly, did you sign off on the Mar-a-Lago raid?” Stefanik asked.
Wray responded by characterizing the incident as an “execution of a search warrant,” instead of a raid. He denied signing off on a search warrant.
Stefanik asked Wray if Attorney General Merrick Garland signed on his behalf.
In response, Wray said he could not disclose any communications with the Department of Justice (DOJ).
WATCH: FBI Director Wray falters when asked if he or AG Garland signed off on the illegal raid of President Trump's home. pic.twitter.com/mZqBsUkP4K
— Rep. Elise Stefanik (@RepStefanik) March 9, 2023
“Even though it’s been reported in The Washington Post?” Stefanik wondered.
“There are lots of things reported in the media,” Wray replied.
“I know. Leaked from your agency,” Stefanik said.
In 2023, House Republicans created the “Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government,” beginning their investigations into the DOJ and FBI.