House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer will be allowed Monday to review a subpoenaed FBI document that allegedly implicates President Biden in a $5 million bribery scheme â and will likely push again for bureau Director Christopher Wray to hand over the file.
âChairman Comer will receive a briefing from the FBI and review the document on Monday,â an Oversight Committee spokesperson said in a statement, adding âthat anything short of producing the FD-1023 form to the House Oversight Committee is not [in] compliance with his subpoena.â
Comer (R-Ky.) may then begin contempt proceedings against Wray — as he threatened to do earlier this week, when the FBI director blew past a May 30 deadline to share the file initially subpoenaed on May 3.
Comer, 50, and Oversight Committee Ranking Member Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) will both look over the document in a sensitive compartmented information facility on Capitol Hill, but neither will be allowed to hang on to a copy.
âThis unclassified record contains pages of details that need to be investigated further by the House Oversight Committee,â the spokesperson also said.
Comer earlier this week denied Wrayâs offer to let him privately review the June 30, 2020 informant file, which accuses Biden of having made policy decisions in exchange for payments from a foreign national.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who first alerted Comer to the document, acknowledged on Thursday that he had already read it and criticized Wray, 56, for not making its contents public.
Grassley, 89, declined to describe the allegations it contained, citing potential retaliation against the whistleblower who made a protected disclosure to Congress about the information.
âTheyâve got to produce this document,â the senator said on Fox News Thursday. âTheyâre up against what the Durham report has said about the shortcomings and the political bias of the FBI, and this is just one more example of them not being forthcoming to the public because the publicâs business ought to be public, and thereâs no reason for a non-classified document to be held in secret.â
A Grassley aide confirmed to The Post that the file âcontains serious allegations implicating then-Vice President Biden in a criminal scheme.â
Since Republicans took the House majority in January, the Oversight Committee has subpoenaed bank records and other information related to first son Hunter Biden’s overseas business dealings during his father’s vice presidency.
The FBI had missed an earlier mid-May deadline to deliver the file, with Acting Assistant Director for Congressional Affairs Christopher Dunham replying to Comer in a six-page letter that claimed the information was âunverifiedâ and may endanger FBI sources if disclosed.
âInformation from confidential human sources is unverified and, by definition, incomplete,â Dunham wrote. âConfidential human sources often provide information to the FBI at great risk to themselves and their loved ones.â
White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby earlier this week denied the accusations against the president, saying in response to a question from The Post: âThe president has spoken to this. And thereâs nothing to these claims.â
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