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Chuck Grassley Opens Wray Hearings by Denouncing Acting FBI Director McCabe

At the beginning of today’s confirmation hearing for Christopher Wray, President Donald Trump’s choice to head the FBI, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley used his opening remarks to take numerous shots at acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe.

The Iowa Republican first took aim at McCabe, who was put in charge of the FBI when Trump fired James Comey, over the acting head’s wife and her political activities.

“The previous director James Comey said that the people of the FBI don’t give a rip about politics but Mr. Comey installed as his deputy director a man who’s wife ran for the Virginia State Senate and accepted almost a million dollars from the Virginia governor’s political machine,” Grassley exclaimed.

But the longtime senator wasn’t done there. He went on to rattle off a number of other indiscretions he felt disqualified McCabe from capably carrying out his duties in a non-partisan and ethical manner. This included calling out McCabe for being named in a sexual discrimination complaint by a female FBI agent.

But most of his ire seemed to center on McCabe’s apparent disdain for former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, leading Grassley to wonder aloud why McCabe had not recused himself from the FBI investigation into Flynn.

“According to press reports, three FBI employees personally witnessed McCabe making disparaging remarks about Flynn before and during the Russian investigation yet Mr. MccCbe never recused himself from the Flynn investigation,” Grassley sternly noted. “His failure to do so calls into question whether he is handled that investigation fairly and objectively.”

Last month, Grassley sent a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein raising concerns about McCabe and his ability to be independent and unbiased in the Flynn investigation, bringing up his apparent political affiliation and comments made about Flynn.

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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