FLASHBACK: Rand Paul was the only Republican who opposed confirming Christopher Wray as FBI Director

An interesting piece of history in the wake of the Durham Report.

As we now learn through the Durham Report that the Federal Bureau of Investigation actively helped Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and later worked to undermine President Donald Trump, recall that much of the latter occurred under current FBI Director Christopher Wray.

In 2017, every Democratic senator but five voted to confirm Wray. Every Republican but one did the same: Sen. Rand Paul.

Prior to Wray becoming head of the FBI five years ago, only one U.S. senator in history had voted against a new director for the agency: Sen. Paul in 2013, when he gave the sole no vote against confirming James Comey.

Comey was in charge when the Durham Report indicated that the FBI was pushing the notion that Trump had colluded with Russia to win the election, disinformation that had originated with Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

After the release of the Twitter Files late last year that showed the FBI had been working with the social media platform to censor users’ speech, Paul took issue with some of Wray’s comments.

Wray said in January of the news that the FBI was helping suppress speech on Twitter, “The sophistication of the private sector is improving and, particularly important, the level of collaboration between the private sector and the government, especially the FBI has made significant strides.”

Paul told Fox News host Laura Ingraham about the remarks, “There is no limit to what we can do to government. There are limits to what we can do to private businesses as far as free speech but to the government we should and my legislation will absolutely prevent this collaboration.”

“Opinions are protected speech and the FBI should not be allowed to collaborate in any discussions that regulate protected speech,” Paul added.

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Jack Hunter is a freelance writer, the co-author of Sen. Rand Paul’s 2011 book ‘The Tea Party Goes to Washington’ and the former politics editor for Rare.us.