Republicans again threaten FBI Director Wray with contempt over alleged Biden bribery doc

Congress can not bring charges against Wray, but can merely refer him to the Department of Justice to face charges.

Published: May 31, 2023 4:50pm

House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer and Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley expressed frustrations with the FBI following a Wednesday meeting with Director Christopher Wray that failed to result in the bureau's handing over a document allegedly detailing a bribery scheme involving then-Vice President Joe Biden and a foreign national.

The pair have sought an alleged FD-1023 form that details the illicit arrangement, which they learned about from bureau whistleblowers. Both have indicated that Wray has confirmed the document's existence and its contents remain of interest to Republican investigators looking into the Biden family. The bureau has flatly refused to hand the document over.

Grassley and Comer on Wednesday lamented that their meeting with Wray had failed to resolve the issue.

"While the FBI has apparently leaked classified information to the news media in recent weeks, jeopardizing its own human sources, it continues to treat Congress like second class citizens by refusing to provide a specific unclassified record," Grassley wrote in a press release. "Director Wray confirmed what my whistleblowers have told me pursuant to legally protected disclosures: the FBI-generated document is real, but the bureau has yet to provide it to Congress in defiance of a legitimate congressional subpoena. This failure comes with consequences."

Comer echoed the senator's remarks, saying "[t]oday, FBI Director Wray confirmed the existence of the FD-1023 form alleging then-Vice President Biden engaged in a criminal bribery scheme with a foreign national."

"However, Director Wray did not commit to producing the documents subpoenaed by the House Oversight Committee. While Director Wray – after a month of refusing to even acknowledge that the form existed – has offered to allow us to see the documents in person at FBI headquarters, we have been clear that anything short of producing these documents to the House Oversight Committee is not in compliance with the subpoena," Comer went on. "If the FBI fails to hand over the FD-1023 form as required by the subpoena, the House Oversight Committee will begin contempt of Congress proceedings."

The Oversight Committee has previously subpoenaed Wray for the document, a demand the bureau formally rebuffed on Tuesday. In response, Comer began the process to hold Wray in contempt. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy threw his support behind holding Wray in contempt yesterday.

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on Twitter.

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