The FBI is willing to allow all members of the House Oversight Committee to view the subpoenaed document that alleges President Joe Biden was involved in a scheme allegedly involving criminal bribery, according to a source.
The source said all panel members could securely view the document in question — a 1023 form generated by the FBI. It remains unclear whether the secure location would be in a sensitive compartmented information facility (SCIF) on Capitol Hill or at the FBI’s headquarters.
James Comer, GOP House Oversight Committee Chairman, accepted the FBI’s offer late Wednesday and canceled the Thursday vote by the committee to hold the FBI Director Christopher Wray in contempt. Comer will now allow all committee members to receive a briefing and review the record.
Additionally, the FBI is making two additional documents referenced in the FD-1023 available for Democrat Ranking Member Jamie Raskin of Maryland and Comer to review.
“After weeks of refusing to even admit the FD-1023 record exists, the FBI has caved and is now allowing all members of the Oversight and Accountability Committee to review this unclassified record that memorializes a confidential human source’s conversations with a foreign national who claimed to have bribed then-Vice President Joe Biden,” said Comer in a statement in a statement following the decision.
“Americans have lost trust in the FBI’s ability to enforce the law impartially and demand answers, transparency, and accountability. Allowing all Oversight Committee members to review this record is an important step toward conducting oversight of the FBI and holding it accountable to the American people,” Comer said.
Rep. Comer: Confidential source “highly credible and trusted”
Rep. Comer added the allegations in the record are not “closed” and emphasized that the committee’s confidential source was “highly credible and trusted.”
“The allegations contained within this record track closely with the Oversight Committee’s investigation of the Biden family’s influence-peddling schemes. The Oversight Committee will continue to follow the facts and ensure accountability for the American people,” said Comer.
Allegedly, the document describes a $5 million criminal scheme involving then-Vice President Joe Biden and a foreign national in relation to an exchange of money for policy decisions.
According to an FBI statement, “This commonsense safeguard is often employed in response to congressional requests and in court proceedings to protect important concerns, such as the physical safety of sources and the integrity of investigations,” said a statement by the FBI. “The escalation to a contempt vote under these circumstances is unwarranted.”
In the meantime, Comer said FBI officials confirmed Monday that the unclassified record generated by the FBI “has not been disproven and is currently being used in an ongoing investigation by a confidential human source who provided information about the vice president by being involved in a criminal bribery scheme is a trusted, highly credible informant who has been used by the FBI for over ten years and has been paid over six figures.”
“These are the facts, and no amount of spin and, frankly, lies from the White House or congressional Democrats can change this information,” added Comer.