Christopher Wray, Director of the FBI, has attempted to sidestep Congress’ investigation into the Biden family corruption by withholding a key document detailing a large financial transaction. But House Republicans are refusing to allow Wray to avoid handing over the document and have issued a due date.
Wray has until the end of May to provide the information, or the oversight Committee will begin holding him in contempt.
Wray has apparently forgotten that he ultimately works for the American people. And the American people would like government corruption routed out, even if it puts a so-called ‘investigation’ at risk, which is how Wray attempted to justify his non-compliance. Wray tried to dodge the inquiry, claiming it jeopardized an FBI investigation,
‘The FBI’s mission is to protect the American people. Releasing confidential source information could potentially jeopardize investigations and put lives at risk. The FBI remains committed to cooperating with Congress’s oversight requests on this matter and others as we always have.”
House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer tweeted a warning reminding Director Wray that the committee was not backing down and would begin contempt of Congress proceedings. Comer lays out the concern saying that a whistleblower has told the committee that the FBI is in possession of a FD-1023 form that indicates Biden, during his Vice Presidency, was involved in an alleged criminal scheme involving the exchange of $5 million for a policy decision with a foreign national.
Comer said as of now, Wray is defying a congressional subpoena for the document.
FBI Director Wray is defying a congressional subpoena for an unclassified record alleging a criminal scheme involving then-VP Joe Biden and a foreign national.
— Rep. James Comer (@RepJamesComer) May 24, 2023
The letter sent to Chris Wray by Rep. James Comer details the timeline the FBI has been given, showing that they have had more than enough time to comply with the Congressional record subpoena. Comer called the FBI’s unwillingness to comply “obstructionist” and called their delay tactic “unreasonable.” The FBI was initially given until May 10 to provide the documents. The oversight committee then attended a meeting with the FBI on May 15, and the documents were still not produced. On May 16, Comer and Senator Grassley attempted to schedule a phone call with Wray. Comer noted in his (above) letter dated May 24 that the Director had yet to schedule a meeting to discuss the documents. On May 22, FBI staff met with the Committee counsel and acknowledged that they knew which documents the Committee was requesting but simultaneously refused to acknowledge the existence of the documents.
Comer called the FBI’s tactics “gamesmanship,” noting the FBI was attempting to insinuate that the committee was asking the FBI to identify their human source connected to the documents when the real request is for the documents themselves.
Comer’s letter said, “The committee is not seeking the identity of the CHS (confidential human source) who provided the information to the FBI.” He continued, “The agency has made no attempts to engage in a reasonable accommodation process.”
The FBI also mentioned that there were many similar documents with Joe Biden’s name attached. Comer called this information “new” and “alarming” but said that their solicitation would remain limited to their original request in an attempt to be “precise” about which documents they were seeking.
Comer ended his letter telling Wray the documents were due on May 30th.
“If the FD1023 form is not produced by that date, the committee will issue contempt of Congress proceedings.”
In closing, he reminded Wray that the Oversight Committee has the broad authority to investigate “any matter” at “any time” under House Rule X.