FBI Chief Wray Busted for Using Official Gulfstream Jet For Personal Use

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The FBI just can’t stay out of the news.

There have been recent revelations regarding internal matters in the agency in international affairs and the raid on the Trump family home in Florida.

Now there are front pages again about the actions within the bureau.

A special report by House Republicans has revealed that FBI Director Christopher Wray has used an FBI jet for his personal use.

The New York Post had these details:

House Republican Elise Stefanik grilled Wray during a Senate hearing and asked the FBI Director to hand over all records regarding his personal use of FBI jets.

According to flight records Wray flew to Saranac Lake on August 4th and on that day he left a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing early because he had to “catch a flight”.

House Republicans demanded Monday that FBI Director Christopher Wray come clean about his personal travel on an official FBI jet, citing The Post’s reporting that Wray cut short a Senate hearing earlier this month so he could head to the Adirondacks for some R&R.

No. 3 House Republican Elise Stefanik (R-NY), joined by the top Republicans on the House oversight and intelligence committees, asked Wray to hand over records about his personal use of the jet and reimburse taxpayers for any non-official travel.

“In light of a recent report by the New York Post that you left a Senate hearing early to fly on an FBI aircraft for a personal vacation, we have questions about whether you are properly reimbursing federal taxpayers for your personal travel aboard government aircraft,” Stefanik wrote to Wray.

Wray flew to Saranac Lake on Aug. 4 after insisting he had to leave a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing early to catch a flight — heading off questions about whistleblower claims that the FBI shielded first son Hunter Biden from investigations into his foreign business deals.

The Senate panel’s top Republican, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, tore into Wray at the hearing, saying that if he was using a government jet, he could reschedule its departure.

“Despite requests from Ranking Member Grassley, you refused to remain at the hearing for an additional 21 minutes for remaining members to finish asking their questions and conduct oversight of the FBI,” Stefanik wrote.

“You reportedly departed on the FBI’s Gulfstream 550 jet, an agency aircraft initially intended for counterterrorism use, to make the one hour and 12-minute journey to Saranac Lake,” she went on.

“Further, it has been reported that you made a similar personal trip on a government aircraft on June 2 and June 5, 2022. Although certain federal officials are permitted to use government aircraft for personal or political use, these expenses must be reimbursed.”

Grassley is being called out for his personal use of government transportation, and Wray tried to pin him down on it.

The Washington Examiner dropped these details:

House Republicans want answers on FBI Director Christopher Wray’s use of Justice Department jets for personal use following reports that he left a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing to fly to upstate New York.

The flight in question occurred on Aug. 4, the day before FBI investigators sought and received approval for a raid of former President Donald Trump’s home in Mar-a-Lago. Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH), the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. James Comer (R-KY), the top Republican on House Oversight, and Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), sought answers from Wray on Monday.

“We write to conduct oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s use of government aircraft and compliance with the applicable federal regulations and requirements,” the House GOP leaders said.

“In light of a recent report by the New York Post that you left a Senate hearing early to fly on an FBI aircraft for a personal vacation, we have questions about whether you are properly reimbursing federal taxpayers for your personal travel aboard government aircraft.”

At the Senate hearing this month, Wray told Grassley that he couldn’t sit for more questions because “I had had a flight that I’m supposed to be hightailing it to out of here,” reported the Post.

“If it’s for a business trip, you got your own plane. Can’t it wait a while?” Grassley protested.

“Sorry, to be honest, um, I’ve tried to make my break [during the hearing] as fast as I could to get right back out here,” Wray deflected.

“You took more than five minutes,” Grassley fired back.

Wray laughed off the rebuke and committee chairman Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) intervened to redirect the conversation.

Wray took an opportunity to press the issue later.

The matter came up again when Wray shook Grassley’s hand before leaving.

“So you got other business?” the frustrated senator asked Wray in an apparent reference to his flight.

“Yeah,” the FBI chief replied.

The FBI did not dispute that Wray traveled for personal reasons, but said in a statement he obeys the rules when he does so.

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