‘Wholly Inadequate’: Rep. Jordan Threatens to Hold FBI Director Wray in Contempt

July 18th, 2023 4:11 PM

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) threatened to hold the anti-free speech FBI Director in contempt of Congress following a Congressional hearing.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jordan issued a July 17 press release and a letter to FBI director Christopher Wray. The letter specifically cited First Amendment rights as the Committee’s main concern. Jordan warned in the press release that failure to “comply with the Committee’s subpoenas investigating the FBI’s weaponization of its law-enforcement powers against Americans exercising their First Amendment rights” could result in being held in contempt of Congress. The FBI has been involved in election interference, colluding with Big Tech to censor American speech.

The press release noted two House Judiciary Committee subpoenas to the FBI, from February and April, concerning FBI weaponization against parents at school board meetings and traditional Catholics. Jordan wrote in the letter, “To date, the FBI’s compliance with these subpoenas has been wholly inadequate and has materially impeded the Committee’s oversight efforts.The Committee has requested unredacted copies of these documents. However, to date, the FBI has failed to produce these documents in unredacted form.” Jordan set July 25 as the deadline for compliance in the letter.

“Although the FBI claims to have ‘numerous’ and ‘rigorous’ policies to protect First Amendment rights, the FBI’s Richmond memorandum plainly undercuts these assertions,” Jordan wrote in the letter. 

Wray, however, insisted during last week’s Congressional hearing that the FBI isn’t in the business of “policing” speech, despite evidence of Big Tech-FBI collusion to censor online speech and the evidence Jordan shared in the letter of the FBI targeting concerned parents and Catholics as supposed “domestic terrorists” or “extremists.”

But Rep. Jordan has not been alone in unloading on Wray. Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA), speaking to Fox News, accused Wray of making multiple “demonstrably untrue” statements. Whistleblowers have come out highlighting several of Wray’s mendacious comments, including denial of FBI work to target parents for their public speech at school boards. But Johnson also slammed Wray for never addressing a recent injunction to restrict federal government censorship collusion with Big Tech.

Indeed, the FBI has an anti-free speech record. The Twitter Files revealed the FBI’s priming that led to Twitter’s censorship of the Hunter Biden laptop scandal. Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg also admitted to censoring the scandal after FBI pressure.

Such censorship has severe consequences. MRC found that Big Tech and Big Media censorship of the Hunter Biden scandals helped steal the 2020 election for Joe Biden, making the FBI’s collusion with Big Tech to censor an act of election interference. 

Conservatives are under attack. Contact your representatives and demand that Big Tech and government agencies be held to account to mirror the First Amendment. If you have been censored, contact us using CensorTrack’s contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.