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Oversight Chair Comer prepared to hold FBI Director Wray in contempt over Biden bribery doc

"Nothing's going to change with respect to holding him in contempt of Congress if he doesn't turn over the document," Comer insisted.

Published: May 24, 2023 9:45pm

Updated: May 25, 2023 7:25am

House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer on Wednesday announced that he would soon meet with FBI Director Christopher Wray to resolve a dispute between House Republicans and the bureau over its refusal to hand over a document that detailed an alleged bribery scheme involving then-Vice President Joe Biden and a foreign national.

Comer indicated he might seek a House vote hold FBI Director Christopher Wray in contempt of Congress should he ultimately refuse to provide House investigators with the desired form. The Kentucky lawmaker said that Wray had reached out to him hours prior to his appearance on Fox News's "Hannity" but insisted he would not change his stance on demanding the document.

"Nothing's going to change with respect to holding him in contempt of Congress if he doesn't turn over the document," he insisted. 

Host Sean Hannity pressed him as to whether the FBI had multiple sources to corroborate the allegations.

"With respect to the FBI, they could have had many meetings with this informant, but the way that my staff and I interpreted it... there were multiple 1023s," Comer responded, suggesting that multiple informants could have reported the issue, but the question was undecided.

At issue is the Republican demand for an FD-1023 form that describes the alleged scheme. Comer announced that he had learned of the document back earlier in May, saying at the time that "The information provided by a whistleblower raises concerns that then-Vice President Biden allegedly engaged in a bribery scheme with a foreign national. The American people need to know if President Biden sold out the United States of America to make money for himself."

He has also issued a subpoena seeking all FD-1023s that contain the word "Biden."

To date, the bureau has not honored the subpoena and instead only expressed a willingness to work with congressional leaders in a letter from acting Assistant Director of the bureau's Office of Congressional Affairs Christopher Dunham.

"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,'" he wrote to the Kentucky Republican. "We are committed to working together through this process."

The letter appeared to infuriate Comer, who insisted the FBI was deliberately not complying with a congressional subpoena.

"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," he said.

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

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