On Wednesday, FBI Director Christopher Wray confirmed the existence of the FD-1023 form that alleges then-Vice President Joe Biden was involved in a criminal bribery scheme with a foreign national. The news was initially brought to light through a series of tweets by the House Oversight Committee and Rep. James Comer (R-KY).
The Oversight Committee’s tweet indicated that Director Wray had permitted the unclassified record to be reviewed at the FBI, but has not yet complied with demands to produce the document to the committee. The tweet also warned that if the FBI failed to comply with the subpoena requiring the handover of the FD-1023 form, Rep. James Comer, a senior member of the committee, would initiate contempt of Congress proceedings.
🚨 BREAKING 🚨
FBI Director Wray has confirmed the existence of the FD-1023 form alleging then-Vice President Biden engaged in a criminal bribery scheme with a foreign national.
He’s allowing this unclassified record to be reviewed at the FBI but hasn’t produced it to…
— Oversight Committee (@GOPoversight) May 31, 2023
Subsequently, Rep. Comer expressed his frustrations with the FBI on his own Twitter account, stating that anything short of producing these documents to the House Oversight Committee would be in violation of his subpoena. The congressman’s tweet confirmed his direct communication with Director Wray on this matter, underscoring the gravity of the situation.
Chairman Comer said:
“Today, 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. 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.”
🚨On my call with FBI Director Wray, the FBI finally confirmed the existence of the FD-1023 form alleging then-VP Joe Biden engaged in a criminal bribery scheme.
Anything short of producing these documents to @GOPoversight is not in compliance with my subpoena.
— Rep. James Comer (@RepJamesComer) May 31, 2023
Comer and Wray have been at odds for some time now, with a series of events leading up to today.
Just yesterday, the FBI informed the House Oversight Committee that it would not adhere to the subpoena demanding the unclassified documents connecting Biden to the international bribery scandal.
After that, Comer issued the following statement on the FBI’s refusal to comply with a congressional subpoena for unclassified records alleging a criminal scheme involving then-Vice President Joe Biden and a foreign national:
“Today, the FBI informed the Committee that it will not provide the unclassified documents subpoenaed by the Committee. The FBI’s decision to stiff-arm Congress and hide this information from the American people is obstructionist and unacceptable,” Comer stated.
“While I have a call scheduled with FBI Director Wray tomorrow to discuss his response further, the Committee has been clear in its intent to protect Congressional oversight authorities and will now be taking steps to hold the FBI Director in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a lawful subpoena. Americans deserve the truth, and the Oversight Committee will continue to demand transparency from this nation’s chief law enforcement agency.”
BREAKING: The FBI has told House Oversight that it will NOT comply with a subpoena request for the unclassified documents it alleges directly link then-VP Biden to an international bribery scheme. The committee will now move to hold Christopher Wray in contempt of Congress. pic.twitter.com/Kfg9YZxUN7
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) May 30, 2023
Also, last Friday Rep. Comer sent a forceful letter to Wray, insisting on answers and accountability. In the letter, he voiced the committee’s escalating irritation over the concealment of the crime involving Biden with the foreign national.
Around the same time, Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy had issued an ultimatum to Wray: produce a document supposedly linking President Joe Biden to a bribery scheme or face contempt of Congress charges. McCarthy had made this declaration publicly on Fox News.
Contempt of Congress is a federal misdemeanor. It’s a statutory offense, applying to the proceedings of the Congress. This law is enacted to enforce obedience to mandates—such as subpoenas—issued by Congress, typically during investigations that committees are undertaking.
When an individual is charged with contempt of Congress, it means they have obstructed the work of either a single congressional committee or Congress as a whole. This usually involves refusing to testify or provide documents during a committee hearing or investigation.
After a contempt citation is issued, the matter is referred to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, whose duty it is to bring the issue before the grand jury. However, this is a matter of prosecutorial discretion. As an alternative, Congress can try to detain the person in contempt itself, or it can file a civil lawsuit asking a court to enforce the subpoena. The latter process has been the method most commonly used in recent years.
The document in question is said to contain testimony from an informant alleging President Biden’s participation in a $5 million bribery scheme during his term as vice president. The informant had disclosed this information in June 2020, coinciding with the interception of a supposed bribe by Ukrainian officials, aimed at halting an investigation into Mykola Zlochevsky, founder of Burisma Energy.