Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) is leading a group of House Republicans calling for FBI Director Christopher Wray to provide greater transparency into its investigations into elected officials, candidates, and the media.
A heavily redacted version of an FBI internal audit was recently published regarding “compliance errors.” The report detailed 747 errors in 353 separate “sensitive investigative matters.” The audit was conducted in 2019 and the bureau described the findings as “unacceptable.”
The problems identified in the audit apparently got far beyond the FBI’s investigations into President Donald Trump’s campaigns and administration according to Biggs. He said the report could include information about spying on Trump, but goes into hundreds of problems in more than 350 cases.
Biggs said that he will ask the House Judiciary Committee that he sits on to “get to the bottom of this.” He added that he suspects the problems go back “multiple administrations” affecting both political parties.
Biggs was joined by Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Mike Johnson (R-LA) in signing a letter last week addressed to Wray demanding an unredacted copy of the audit report along with supporting documents. The letter also demands an explanation of whether all referenced cases have been resolved and a description of the bureau’s process used to initiate investigations into politicians and other persons and groups identified in the report.
Biggs said that if the Democrats in control of the House and Judiciary Committee will not investigate or compel production of the requested documents, he expects a Republican-controlled House will move on the matter in 2023.
A spokesperson for the FBI told Fox News that the agency had received the letter but would not confirm if any response would be sent. In an email the spokesperson said that the bureau “takes compliance very seriously” and that is why the audit was conducted. The statement added that the FBI has implemented changes in training that date back to before the issuance of the report.
The unredacted portions of the report confirm that officials violated policy by moving forward with opening sensitive investigations without approval from supervisors and attorneys. Officials were also found to have proceeded without notifying the U.S. Attorney’s Office as required by policy.
The letter to Wray states that the audit and the “staggering number of errors” it describes suggest patterns of mismanagement and misconduct inside the bureau. It adds that the findings of the audit “call into question” the reliability of prior statements Wray has made to Congress about safeguarding the constitutional rights of persons and entities subject to government investigations.