The FBI is preparing to bring the subpoenaed document alleging Joe Biden was involved in a criminal bribery scheme to Capitol Hill on Monday for lawmakers to review, after House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer threatened to hold office in defiance of Congress.
The document in question is an FBI-generated Form FD-1023 that allegedly describes a $5 million criminal scheme involving then-Vice President Joe Biden and a foreign national regarding the exchange of money for decisions. policies.
A source familiar told Fox News Digital that the FBI will bring FD-1023 to Capitol Hill on Monday for Comer, R-Ky., and the committee’s top Democrat, ranking member Jamie Raskin, D-Md., for review.
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Three sources familiar with told Fox News that Comer and Raskin would view the document at a secure SCIF on Capitol Hill, instead of going to FBI headquarters. Fox News has learned lawmakers will also be briefed on the document at the same location.
The exact time of Monday’s visit and briefing is unclear.
The FBI’s accommodation to bring the physical document to Capitol Hill comes after Comer last month subpoenaed the document and set a May 30 deadline for FBI Director Christopher Wray to physically deliver it to the Capitol. House Oversight Committee.
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Comer threatened to hold Wray in contempt of Congress if the deadline was not met. The FBI did not comply with the subpoena and missed the deadline, but instead offered assurances that lawmakers could access the information in a secure setting at FBI headquarters.
Despite the FBI’s attempt to accommodate the committee, Comer said Wednesday he would begin to disregard congressional procedures.
It remains unclear whether the FBI bringing the document to Capitol Hill for viewing will satisfy Comer’s subpoena.
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The document is being sought after a whistleblower approached Comer and Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, alleging the FBI and Justice Department were in his possession and would reveal “an accurate description of the manner in which the alleged criminal scheme was employed”. as well as its purpose.
Grassley viewed the document Wednesday at the FBI and told Fox News that if the bureau complied with the original subpoena and delivered the document to Congress, lawmakers would “release it.”
Regarding the charges contained in the document, Grassley said it is “not for me to judge whether these charges are true or not.”
“It’s my job to make sure the FBI does its job, and that’s what it’s all about, as far as I’m concerned,” Grassley said Wednesday. “The affairs of the public must be public.”
Comer last week attempted to “narrow the scope of the subpoena” in response to criticism from FBI staff, and the committee determined “additional terms based on legally protected unclassified whistleblower disclosures that may be referenced in form FD-1023”. The terms included “June 30, 2020” and “five million.”
The back and forth came after Comer and Grassley briefed Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland this month on “legally protected and highly credible unclassified whistleblower disclosures.”
Comer and Grassley said that based “on the purported specificity of the document, it would appear that the DOJ and FBI have sufficient information to determine the truth and accuracy of the information contained therein.”
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The White House has maintained that the president never told his son, Hunter Biden, about his business dealings and that the president was never involved. Officials also say the president never discussed investigations of members of his family with the Justice Department.
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