VACATION

Christopher Wray grilled on using FBI jet for vacation

Hero FBI whistleblower special agent Steve Friend has been let down by the Office of Special Counsel, which rejected his complaint about FBI politicization two days after the midterms. The rejection letter, signed by Johanna Oliver, attorney in the Disclosure Unit, says FBI Director Christopher Wray has complete “discretion to approve departure” from bureau rules for investigations. In other words, anything goes.

But Friend continues his quest to stop the bureau abusing its power.

Now, he and dozens of suspended and sympathetic FBI employees are busy formulating questions to ask Wray during an all-hands virtual meeting with 36,000 FBI employees, believed to be on Dec. 7.

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) already got in a few zingers last week at a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing, the first time Wray has faced oversight since he cut short a hearing in August to fly the FBI jet to a vacation to the Adirondacks. 

The FBI would not comment when The Post first reported the jaunt, but on Thursday, under pressure from Hawley, Wray finally admitted the truth.

FBI whistleblower Steve Friend had his complaint about politicization in the bureau rejected by the Office of Special Counsel.
FBI whistleblower Steve Friend had his complaint about politicization in the bureau rejected by the Office of Special Counsel.
Anna Friend; Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Hawley cited The Post’s report that “the reason the hearing had to be cut short is because you were flying on a Gulfstream jet for a personal vacation in the Adirondacks,” said Hawley. 

“Please tell me that’s not accurate.”

Wray claimed he never cut short the hearing and he is “required to fly on an FBI plane wherever I go.”

Hawley “So, you were going on vacation?”

Wray: “I was, yes.”

Hawley: “So you left a statutorily required oversight hearing in order to go on

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