Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene used a recent hearing at which FBI Director Christopher Wray appeared to demand that the federal law enforcement agency open an investigation into Rep. Rashida Tlaib, the hyper-progressive member of the “Squad” who has remained firmly in the pro-Palestine camp since the October 7 Hamas attack on Israel and resulting Israeli campaign against Hamas in Gaza.
Beyond just supporting Palestine, Rep. Tlaib has refused to condemn Hamas and, if recent reporting is to be believed, she even was a member of a Facebook group in which the Hamas terror organization was glorified in posts and memes.
Fox News Digital, reporting on the group, noted that one message in it said, “You consider Hamas a terrorist organization and I am not going to argue with you at the same time you have been broadcasting that they have been killing women and children, guess that is what terrorists do at the same time no mention to the killing of Palestinian women, children and entire families killed on a daily basses (sic) by the [peace-loving] state of Israel using American gifts of weapons and jet fighters.” That post continued, “Yesterday I didn’t see Hamas I saw the grand kids (sic) of the refugees that ethnically cleansed from their homeland attacking the grand kids (sic) of the colonists whom sent them to diaspora.”
Rep. Greene used reporting on the group and Rep. Tlaib’s membership in it to press Director Wray, asking, “Mr. Wray, are you interested in members of Congress that are organizing and participating in a Facebook group that has ties to Hamas?”
Director Wray then framed his saying that the FBI is not doing so as it not investigating people for participating in even radical social media groups, telling her, “We’re not investigating people for participating in a Facebook group.”
Responding, Rep. Greene then reframed her question and his answer, saying, “You’re going to tell me, as FBI director, you will not investigate Americans or United States members of Congress that are linked to known terrorists?” Wray disputed that characterization of his remarks, saying, “That’s not what I said.”
Rep. Greene then pressed Director Wray on investigating potential terror threats rather than continually investigating people involved with January 6th, saying, “I would hope to God that Intifada and Jihad and terrorists in our very country would be something that you would prioritize instead of a three-hour event at the Capitol that happened nearly four years ago (referring to the Jan. 6 riots).”
At another contentious moment in the hearing, Rep. Greene asked about a recent protest in the Capitol and contrasted it with the FBI’s treatment of Jan. 6 protesters. Beginning, she asked, “Mr. Wray, do you remember on October 18th when the Capitol complex was illegally occupied, breaking the same laws that you have hunted down Americans for from January 6th. Are you familiar with this?”
Wray said he didn’t recognize the picture she was holding, and Greene responded by saying, “Well, because maybe your agents haven’t been doing a good job in investigating the organizers that broke the law, illegally occupied this very building that we’re sitting in right now, and over 300 of them were arrested. Some of them attacked police officers. I haven’t seen on the news where the FBI is hunting them down with helicopters, tanks in the streets, raiding their homes with flashbangs, targeting these people, watching these people, throwing them in jail for them to stay in pretrial, in solitary confinement for years before they ever face trial.”
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