Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Comer presses FBI over alleged informant file claiming Biden accepted bribes while VP; Comer demands access to Biden document after FBI fails to comply with subpoena

Comer presses FBI over alleged informant file claiming Biden accepted bribes while VP:
House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) on Friday again demanded that FBI Director Christopher Wray hand over an alleged informant file that claims President Biden accepted bribes while vice president — rejecting the bureau’s insinuation last week that the details are already public.
“The FBI’s delay in producing a single FD-1023 form is unacceptable,” Comer wrote to Wray — more than a week after the FBI flouted the committee’s subpoena.
The Oversight Committee is pursuing a wide-ranging probe of the Biden family’s businesses.
It also is demanding the names of people who bought Hunter’s novice artworks through Manhattan gallery owner Georges Berges, who has refused to comply with Comer’s request for buyer information — setting up another battle for records.
Hunter launched his art career around the time his dad took office as president and has sought as much as $500,000 for his beginner works.
The White House arranged for the buyers’ identities to be “anonymous” — supposedly to prevent influence-peddling, though ethics experts have countered that the lack of transparency could make the potential for corruption even worse.
A subpoena has not yet been issued to Berges but is likely to come unless he voluntarily cooperates.
In terms of Comer and the FBI, the bureau told him May 10 that it wouldn’t turn over the document because of source protection concerns and the fact that informant tips aren’t always reliable, adding that “contemporaneous public materials cite prior letters and public releases that suggest a significant amount of information is already available.”
Comer, shedding new light on the substance of the bribery allegation, wrote to Wray, “To the Committee’s knowledge, the substance of the information contained in the FD-1023 form has not been provided in any of the materials cited by the FBI or publicly reported. And even if it had been, that would not excuse the FBI’s legal duty to comply with the subpoena.” --->READ MORE HERE
Comer demands access to Biden document after FBI fails to comply with subpoena:
House Oversight Chairman James Comer (R-KY) has revived a request for access to an FBI form that allegedly details a criminal scheme involving then-Vice President Joe Biden after the agency failed to comply with a subpoena that was issued earlier this month.
In a letter sent to FBI Director Christopher Wray on Friday, Comer accused the agency of interfering with the committee’s investigation by failing to produce key documents and information related to Biden’s conduct during the Obama administration. The letter comes after Wray failed to comply with Comer’s subpoena to hand over the materials by May 10.
“The FBI’s delay in producing a single, unclassified record is unacceptable,” Comer said in a statement. “The information provided by a whistleblower raises concerns that then-Vice President Biden allegedly engaged in a bribery scheme with a foreign national. The FBI must provide this record to Congress without further delay. The American people demand the truth and accountability for any wrongdoing. That starts with getting this record.”
Comer issued the subpoena in conjunction with Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) on May 3, demanding access to an FBI-generated FD-1023 form they say details an exchange of money between Biden and a foreign national that may have influenced U.S. policy decisions. The two Republicans were tipped off about the document’s existence by a whistleblower, although it remains unclear what wrongdoing Biden is being accused of conducting.
The FBI responded to the subpoena by sending the committee a letter describing background information and “programmatic issues related to confidential human source reporting,” according to Comer. However, the agency failed to provide access to the FD-1023 form.
FBI officials offered to meet with committee members to discuss how they could allow staff members to view the form without posing national security risks. The agency met with Oversight members on Monday, but FBI officials did not produce the form during that meeting, Comer said.-->READ MORE HERE
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