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FBI Director Denies Protecting Biden Family Amid Allegations of Bias

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During a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, FBI Director Christopher Wray vehemently denied allegations of the bureau protecting the Biden family in the investigation into Hunter Biden.

At the commencement of the hearing, Chairman Jim Jordan highlighted what he perceived as the FBI’s actions to suppress the story surrounding Hunter Biden’s laptop, disproportionately scrutinize and target conservatives, and exhibit a biased approach within the justice system. Numerous Republican committee members expressed reservations regarding the FBI’s treatment of investigations pertaining to the Bidens in contrast to those involving former President Donald J Trump.

Rep. Matt Gaetz pointed to claims raised by IRS whistleblower Gary Shapley, who alleged that the investigation into Hunter Biden was tampered with to shield him from scrutiny and restrict any inquiries related to President Biden. Gaetz specifically cited a WhatsApp exchange where Hunter Biden hinted at being in the company of his father and issued a cautionary message to a Chinese energy executive regarding the potential consequences of failing to finalize a deal.

Wray denied allegations of protecting the Bidens, stating that the FBI had no interest in doing so. IRS whistleblowers further alleged that federal prosecutors hindered lines of questioning related to Joe Biden’s knowledge or involvement in his son’s business dealings.

According to reports from Fox News, Gaetz asked Wray, “You seem deeply uncurious about it, don’t you?” He added, “Almost suspiciously uncurious. Are you protecting the Bidens?”

Wray rebuttled stating, “absolutely not.” “The FBI has no interest.”

Lawmakers have also pressed the FBI for explanations concerning the manner in which a crucial FD-1023 form, outlining accusations of a criminal bribery scheme involving then-Vice President Biden and a foreign individual, was handled. While the FBI did not adhere to a subpoena issued by the House Oversight Committee, alternative arrangements were made to provide lawmakers with a redacted version of the document for their examination.

Critics question whether the FBI adequately investigated the claims made in the document, which alleged payments of $5 million to both Joe Biden and Hunter Biden in exchange for policy influence. The FBI, however, maintains that charging decisions are made by the Department of Justice, not the bureau itself.

Hunter Biden has recently reached a plea agreement that is expected to result in his avoidance of incarceration. He has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor offenses, including willful failure to pay federal income tax and the unlawful possession of a firearm as a user of a controlled substance.

Rep. Jordan has urged the committee to arrange transcribed interviews with crucial FBI and DOJ officials connected to the Hunter Biden investigation, but no interview dates have been set thus far.

During the course of the hearing, as proceedings unfolded, the atmosphere grew increasingly tense, with accusations of bias and an apparent unequal treatment within the justice system taking center stage. The inquiries and testimonies provided valuable insights into the ongoing controversy surrounding the investigation into Hunter Biden and its possible ramifications for the Biden administration.

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There is ‘repeated evidence’ of non-citizens voting

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There is “repeated evidence” of non-citizens voting, Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) said during an appearance on Breitbart News Daily, discussing the Safeguard American Voter Eligibility (SAVE) Act.

“Let me just say this about the overall state of the election issue,” Roy began, explaining that “we’ve got repeated evidence of those who are here illegally — or, or whether they’re here legally — but non-citizens voting.”

“We’ve got studies demonstrating that. We’ve got evidence that it may have tipped the election for Al Franken and his election back in Minnesota. Objective studies have showed…Virginia tossing out 1,500 registered voters just last year. I can go through a laundry list. We’ve got local jurisdictions — Oakland, San Francisco, our nation’s capital in Washington, DC, and New York City — who are registering voters specifically for their state and local elections, but we know that they don’t work hard to make sure they’re not voting in federal elections,” he said, noting that “federal law prohibits [and] limits the ability of states to be able to check and ensure citizenship, so much so that the state of Arizona has to run two systems — one for their state local elections and one for their federal elections.”

“They’re literally bifurcated because they want to ensure citizenship for their state and local elections, but they’re not allowed to for federal elections. Therefore, we need to fix the problem,” he said.

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Further, Roy said, because of the Motor Voter Act — the National Voter Registration Act — passed in the 1990s, the courts have interpreted federal laws to limit the state’s ability to “determine and collect the information necessary for determining and checking citizenship.”

Essentially, Roy said the U.S. has set up a system that requires federal agencies to push out the forms, encouraging individuals to register to vote. And while they ask one to identify if they are a citizen, and while federal law requires one to be a citizen to vote in federal elections, the congressman said there is nothing there to actually check citizenship.

The SAVE Act would help address these issues and correct what Roy described as the “glitch,” making it so every state would require anyone applying to register to vote to prove their citizenship.

“By doing that, though, it is correcting the glitch. It also goes through and it addresses some of the issues that have been complicated. There are states, for example, like North Dakota, which does not have voter registration at all, okay? So they can just show up to vote and don’t have registration…They have their own rules there about what you have to present in order just to vote. And that’s obviously a less populated state than, say, California or Texas or New York or Florida. But, so, we adapt and try to adjust to help with those kinds of situations. But, overall, the purpose of the bill is exactly as you just described, pretty simple,” Roy said. This is a bipartisan issue with massive support.

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