During a Senate Judiciary hearing last week, questioning with Director Wray was cut short.
At the time, he stated that he had a plane to catch.
In real-time, it sounded as though it was a matter of urgency.
Well, it wasn’t.
During the hearing, Wray was asked why he could not accommodate the committee for an additional 21 minutes.
He responded, “Senator, I had a flight that I’m supposed to be high-tailing it to outta here, and I had understood that we were going to be done at 1:30, so that’s how we ended up where we are.”
Wray left at 1:30 as he had planned.
It turns out, he was using the FBI Gulfstream to fly to his vacation home, NOT urgent FBI business.
So, a group of GOP House members led by Rep. Stefanik (R-N.Y.) wants answers.
They sent a letter asking for more clarification on the matter.
The letter stated, “We write to conduct oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) use of Government aircraft and compliance with the applicable Federal regulations and requirements.
“We have questions about whether you are properly reimbursing federal taxpayers for your personal travel aboard government aircraft.”
It continued, “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.
“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. According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), past FBI directors have used government aircraft for personal use as is permissible.
“These former officials reimbursed federal taxpayers at the commercial rate, which can be thousands of dollars less than the actual cost of operating the government aircraft.
“Reimbursement payments for personal travel are made to the FBI Finance Division, which in turn deposits the funds to the Department of the Treasury.”
Now, a private flight such as that would cost you or me about $10,000 if we booked with a jet leasing company.
Wray makes less than $200,000/year, so you have to wonder how someone like that can afford to pay for a $10,000 flight.
Well, that would be because Wray has a net worth of about $23 million.
Wray is just another elitist thumbing his nose at the little people.
But, let me ask one more question… if this administration is so concerned about climate change, why is it permitting its director to fly its Gulfstream for personal use in the first place?
Rules for thee…
Source: Fox News