Republican Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene asked FBI Director Christopher Wray on Wednesday to open an investigation into Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib.
Tlaib is allegedly a long-standing member of the Palestinian American Congress Facebook group, which praised Hamas for killing over 1,200 civilians in terrorist attacks against Israel on Oct. 7, according to Fox News. Greene brought this to Wray’s attention and asked whether the FBI would open an investigation into Tlaib, and also criticized the Bureau’s focus on capturing Jan. 6 rioters, during a Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday.
“Mr. Wray, are you interested in members of Congress that are organizing and participating in a Facebook group that has ties to Hamas?” Green asked.
“We’re not investigating people for participating in a Facebook group,” Wray responded.
Greene repeated her remark that the group appeared to be linked to Hamas. Wray responded that the FBI had multiple active investigations into individuals linked with the terrorist group.
“You’re going to tell me, as FBI director, you will not investigate Americans or United States members of Congress that are linked to known terrorists?” Greene said.
“That’s not what I said,” Wray responded.
Greene then asked Wray point-blank whether the FBI would open an investigation into Tlaib. Wray responded that such investigations are opened into individuals affiliated with Hamas if they “meet our standards for predication,” noting that those standards had been set by prior FBI administrations.
“I would hope to God that Intifada and Jihad and terrorists in our very country would be something that you would prioritize instead of a three-hour event at the Capitol that happened nearly four years ago (referring to the Jan. 6 riots),” Greene told Wray.
Greene filed a motion to censure Tlaib in late October for “antisemitic activity” following the Hamas Oct. 7 attacks, but it was tabled in the House; a separate motion to censure her passed in the House on Nov. 7.
Tlaib has made appearances at a number of rallies organized by anti-Israel groups and promoted the chant “from the river to the sea,” referencing a call for the destruction of the Israeli state.
Tlaib and the FBI did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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