Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) has been touted as a possible 2020 candidate for president, so she’s always looking for some way to grandstand. Harris’ latest stunt to get her name in the nightly news involved mouthing off about the FBI’s investigation into newly-minted Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. However, Harris was promptly wrecked by FBI Director Christopher Wray, who humiliated the California Democrat in front of all of her colleagues.
According to IJR, senators had the chance this week to discuss homeland security threats with FBI Director Christopher Wray, but Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) felt she had more pressing questions for the director to answer. Instead of gathering a better understanding of the threats Americans face from terrorists, Harris changed the subject to the FBI investigation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
“When the FBI was given the direction to do the background investigation as it related to Dr. Ford’s allegation, that’s a direction that goes to the FBI from the White House, is that correct, not from the Senate?” asked Harris.
“That’s correct,” said Wray.
“And when the FBI was directed to do that investigation as it relates to those specific allegations, was the FBI given full discretion or was the scope of the investigation limited to the direction you received from the White House?” Harris pressed.
Wray then clarified the procedural issue for Harris, stating, “It’s important to understand that the, unlike most investigations like the sort that you and I and Sen. [Doug] Jones have all been familiar with, traditional criminal investigations, national security investigations, a background investigation is very different. Our only authority is as requested by the adjudicating agency, which in this case is the White House.”
Despite Wray’s explanation that he has no control over the scope of background investigations, however, Harris continued to press the issue. But Wray effectively shut her down, saying, “Our supplemental update to the previous background investigation was limited in scope, and that is consistent with the standard process for such investigations, going back quite a long ways.”
During the same testimony, Wray explained that the FBI is currently investigating 5,000 terrorism cases. Apparently, Harris found the details about the investigation into the absurd claims against Brett Kavanaugh to be a more valuable use of her questioning.
“Right now, as I sit here, we’re currently investigating about 5,000 terrorism cases across America and around the world and about a thousand of those cases are homegrown violent extremists and they are in all 50 states,” said Wray. “National security remains the FBI’s top priority and counterterrorism is still a paramount concern but that threat has changed significantly since 9/11.”
In a startling disclosure, FBI Director Christopher Wray told the Senate Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday that agents are conducting thousands of terror investigations around the world.
He said the threat of a large scale, big city attack still exists from groups like Al-Qaeda and ISIS but homegrown violence is as prevalent as ever. [Source: ABC News]
Wray said that homegrown terrorists (HVE) “self radicalize” at home and are influenced on social media by the global jihadist movement. They can also attack at a moment’s notice. “This HVE threat has created a whole new set of challenges with a much greater number, much greater volume of threats and each one of them with far fewer dots to connect and much less time to interrupt an attack,” Wray warned.
Frankly, it is incredible that a sitting senator would ignore pressing security threats that greatly jeopardize the safety and security of innocent Americans in order to make sure that the bogus sexual misconduct allegations leveled against Brett Kavanaugh stay in the news. Kamala Harris ought to be ashamed of herself.