Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) made headlines early Wednesday, with his announcement that he has received “credible whistleblower information” about a possible criminal bribery scheme involving Joe Biden during his time as Vice President.
During an interview with Fox News on Wednesday, Sen. Grassley spoke out about the criminal bribery scheme involving then-Vice President Biden. He and his colleague, Rep. James Comer (R-KY), are demanding the FBI’s record on the scheme.
According to Grassley, “This comes from credible and unclassified whistleblower disclosures of this possible criminal activity when Biden was vice president.”
Grassley and Comer sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland, calling for an independent review of the matter, citing the DOJ and FBI’s failure to disclose certain information to the public.
“We want this information,” said Grassley. “The Justice Department, the FBI needs to come clean to the American people what they did with the document because we know the document exists from very credible whistleblower information that we got.”
Grassley stressed that he is concerned with the oversight of the government and that the FBI must be held accountable for its actions:
“We really need to know what steps did the Justice Department and FBI take to investigate and to vet the document to determine if it’s accurate or not, and did the Justice Department and the FBI follow normal investigative procedures, or did they let political calculations interfere.”
Grassley also mentioned that there have been instances of political interference in the past, and that “if the Justice Department and the FBI have any hopes of redeeming their once trusted position with the American people, they must answer this subpoena and tell us what they’re doing with this information that we think is very credible based upon what whistleblowers are telling us.”
BREAKING: House Oversight Chairman @RepJamesComer issued a subpoena today demanding the FBI produce a record related to an alleged "criminal scheme involving then-Vice President Joe Biden and a foreign national," according to a subpoena obtained by ABC News w. @KFaulders pic.twitter.com/cRvCumAdPC
— Will Steakin (@wsteaks) May 3, 2023
When asked about the specifics of the alleged bribery scheme, Grassley responded by saying, “We’ve got to wait to see what the document exactly says. But I’m convinced that we’ve got to get this detail. This is based upon information that we get from what I think are very credible sources within the department.”
Grassley also weighed in on the news that U.S. Attorney David Weiss is close to a charging decision regarding Hunter Biden.
“Isn’t it about time after three years?” he said. “Particularly with that gun situation, if you’re lying to get a gun that’s pretty certain that you should have been prosecuted probably a long time ago.”
Regarding a separate issue involving the State Department’s request for documents on Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings, Grassley said, “We want to know exactly what role the Secretary of State played. We want this role to be saved through his emails and any other communication he had with the people that wrote the famous letter CIA, former people, in which they said that this business about Hunter Biden just before the last election was Russian disinformation. Now we know that’s a lie, but he played a role in it. We want to know what that role is.”
Grassley expressed concern that the unclassified document containing allegations implicating the current President of the United States may soon become classified:
“Something I’m fearful of is that a non-classified document, if it’s really got explosive information in it, will soon be classified. Documents that are unclassified do have a propensity to become classified documents when someone goes looking for them.”