(Advocate-T-P column, Nov. 19) U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins, R-Lafayette, last week embarrassed both himself and the state of Louisiana by using a House hearing to lob conspiracy-theory gibberish at FBI Director Christopher Wray.

Now, as I have written numerous times, Wray richly deserves comeuppance and maybe the loss of his job for failing to clean up FBI corruption, for running a politicized agency that favors the Left over the Right and for repeatedly misleading Congress while refusing to condemn obvious FBI misdeeds. Yet what Wray does not deserve is to have a member of Congress spew demented accusations that the FBI somehow instigated the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021.

That, alas, is what Higgins did in a rant that, even after being seen, could not be believed.

Higgins’ thesis is that the FBI had “confidential human sources dressed as (Donald) Trump supporters positioned inside the Capitol on Jan. 6, prior to the doors being open.” He claimed he has a “tremendous amount of evidence” to that effect. He also said, oh so solemnly, that “our government’s highest levels of law enforcement coordinate organized campaigns of weaponized oppression, harassment, investigation, arrest, and prosecution, and imprisonment, of free Americans.”

And then Higgins, pointing to a large photograph of two white vans, asked this of Wray: “Do you know what a ‘ghost vehicle’ is?…. You know what a ‘ghost bus’ is?” Wray was baffled, so Higgins explained: “It’s a vehicle that’s used for secret purposes. It’s painted over. These two buses in the middle here, they were the first to arrive at Union Station on Jan. 6. At zero-five-hundred. I have all this evidence. I’m showing you the tip of this iceberg.”

And: “These buses are nefarious in nature, and were filled with FBI informants dressed as Trump supporters, deployed into our Capitol on Jan. 6.”

Told that his time was up, Higgins ended with a threat: “Your day is coming, Mr. Wray.”

To put it mildly, this was lunacy….. [The full column is at this link.]


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