The FBI is refusing to comply with a subpoena for an informant file issued by the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, James Comer (R-Ky), alleging that the president accepted bribes while serving as vice president.
🚨🚨🚨@RepJamesComer & @ChuckGrassley reveal the existence of an FBI record alleging then-VP Biden engaged in a bribery scheme with a foreign national.
According to a whistleblower, this record details an alleged arrangement involving an exchange of money for policy decisions.… pic.twitter.com/6yLwPLi8Hw
— Oversight Committee (@GOPoversight) May 3, 2023
On May 3, Comer issued a legally binding subpoena requiring the FBI to turn over the file by yesterday at noon. A letter was sent to Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray along with the subpoena.
The deadline passed, and instead of delivering the requested document, the FBI responded with a six-page letter explaining why they would not comply with the subpoena.
“This letter responds to your subpoena, authorized on May 3, 2023, demanding the production of documents within one week. As this was your first communication with the FBI seeking this information, please know that the FBI is committed to beginning the constitutionally mandated accommodation process,” the letter stated.
It continued, “The FBI is committed to working to provide the Committee information necessary for your legitimate oversight interests, while also protecting executive branch confidentiality interests and law enforcement responsibilities. The FBI appreciates this opportunity to inform you of our confidentiality interests so that we can ‘seek optimal accommodation through a realistic evaluation of’ each other’s needs and ‘avoid the polarization of disputes. We are committed to working together through this process.”
According to the New York Post, Comer criticized the FBI for stonewalling, stating, “It’s clear from the FBI’s response that the unclassified record the Oversight Committee subpoenaed exists, but they are refusing to provide it to the Committee.”
Comer added, “We’ve asked the FBI to not only provide this record, but to also inform us what it did to investigate these allegations. The FBI has failed to do both. The FBI’s position is ‘trust, but you aren’t allowed to verify.’ That is unacceptable. We plan to follow up with the FBI and expect compliance with the subpoena.”
The requested file is a non-classified FD-1023 form.
According to the six-page letter from the FBI, an FD-1023 form is “one of many forms the FBI uses to collect and catalog information for its law enforcement and national security work. This form is used by FBI agents to record unverified reporting from a confidential human source.”
According to the Post, the requested FD-1023 form was created or modified in June 2020, which was months before Biden won the election.
More on this story via The Western Journal:
The May 3 letter to Garland and Wray stated, “We have received legally protected and highly credible unclassified whistleblower disclosures. Based on those disclosures, it has come to our attention that the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) possess an unclassified FD-1023 form that describes an alleged criminal scheme involving then-Vice President Biden and a foreign national relating to the exchange of money for policy decisions.” CONTINUE READING…