In recent weeks, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has been vocal in his criticism of the FBI’s weaponization of the government’s investigative powers. The Iowa Senator claims that the FBI’s actions are more akin to something out of a fiction spy thriller than anything that should be happening in a democracy.
Grassley’s criticism of the FBI’s actions comes after revelations that the agency had used a secret court order to gain access to the emails of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. The FBI had obtained the court order under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) in order to investigate Page’s ties to Russia.
The Senator has argued that the FBI’s use of the court order to investigate Page was an abuse of power and that the agency had overstepped its authority. Grassley has also questioned the FBI’s motives in obtaining the court order, suggesting that the agency was attempting to use the court order to spy on the Trump campaign.
Grassley has also raised concerns about the FBI’s use of confidential informants in its investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. Grassley has argued that the FBI’s use of informants to investigate the Trump campaign was an abuse of power and that the agency had gone too far in its efforts to influence the outcome of the election.
In a recent speech on the Senate floor, Grassley said, “It’s like it’s out of some fiction spy thriller, but it actually happened.” He went on to say that the FBI’s actions had “undermined the trust in our government and the rule of law.”
Grassley has been one of the most vocal critics of the FBI’s actions in recent weeks and has called for an investigation into the agency’s use of the court order to investigate Page. He has also called for greater oversight of the FBI and for the agency to be held accountable for its actions.
Grassley’s criticism of the FBI’s actions is likely to continue in the coming weeks as more details about the agency’s investigation into the Trump campaign come to light. It remains to be seen whether Grassley’s criticism will lead to any changes in the way the FBI conducts its investigations.