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FBI Director Wray says agency will 'aggressively' pursue Hunter Biden laptop investigation

When asked if the FBI has Hunter's laptop in its possession, Wray said, "I can't discuss that, an ongoing investigation."

Published: August 4, 2022 12:48pm

Updated: August 6, 2022 11:13pm

FBI Director Christopher Wray confirmed with Congress on Thursday that Hunter Biden, President Biden's son, is subject to an ongoing federal investigation and that he expects the agency to "aggressively" pursue the case.

Wray declined to say if the agency is in possession of Hunter Biden’s laptop, during his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Committee member Sen. Marsha Blackburn, a Tennessee Republican, opened her line of questions saying that many Americans feel there are "two-tiers" of justice in the U.S.

"One for people that are favored and one for ordinary Americans," she said.

Blackburn asked Wray whether he thinks the content derived from Hunter's laptop, reportedly part of the federal investigation, is "Russian disinformation." 

Wray replied: "You're asking about an ongoing investigation that I expect our folks to pursue aggressively and I just can't comment on."

When asked whether the FBI has the laptop in its possession, Wray said, "Again, I can't discuss that, an ongoing investigation."

Blackburn also asked Wray when he expects Special Counsel John Durham to complete his investigation into the origins of the so-called Russia-2016 Trump campaign "collusion" probe.

Said Wary: "That's really a question for Special Counsel Durham. We are actively assisting him in that investigation."

Wray was asked if he thinks the allegation of "secret collusion" between former President Trump and Russia was a hoax.

"I don't think that's the terminology I would use," he said. "But I think there's been a lot written on this subject, and both in the special counsel's report, the inspector general, so that's not a term I would use."

Louisiana GOP Sen. John Kennedy brought up FBI Special Agent Timothy Thibault's anti-Trump social media activity. He asked if Thibault has been involved in the Hunter Biden investigation. 

In response, Wray said that the investigation is being run by the Baltimore FBI Field Office working with the Delaware U.S. attorney.

Kennedy asked if it is true that Thibault was involved in covering up derogatory information related to Hunter during the 2020 election cycle.

"I want to be very clear not to interfere with ongoing personnel matters," Wray said, adding that he found descriptions of Thibault's behavior "deeply troubling." 

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