FBI Director Agrees to Release Subpoenaed Biden Family Document to Congress, Avoiding Contempt Vote

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 06/03/2023
James Comer, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, revealed on Friday that FBI Director Christopher Wray has agreed to deliver a subpoenaed document from the Biden family investigation to Capitol Hill for legislators to review on Monday in order to avoid facing a possible contempt of Congress vote.

According to legislators, the FD-1023 document in question contains unsubstantiated claims that an informant gave the FBI in June 2020, suggesting that Joe Biden, while serving as vice president, was involved in a conspiracy to influence US policy by paying $5 million to his family's companies.

An FBI insider expressed concerns about the claims' incomplete investigation and informed Congress to the paper. Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Comer both wanted to examine the paper, and Comer then issued a subpoena.

Even as recently as Wednesday, Wray made it clear he would not comply with the subpoena and instead let Congress to see the paper at the FBI. However, a compromise was reached late Thursday night for the FBI to deliver the document to the Capitol, according to authorities.

"Chairman Comer will receive a briefing from the FBI and review the document on Monday," his committee said in a statement to Just the News. "Chairman Comer has made it plain that failure to provide the FD-1023 form to the House Oversight Committee constitutes a failure to comply with his subpoena. The House Oversight Committee needs to look into a number of things in this unclassified document.

The FBI claimed in a statement to Just the News that it intended to work with Congress while also preserving sensitive, private material from human sources that is frequently captured in memoranda even before it is verified.

In order to accommodate the committee, Director Wray "offered to provide the Committee's Chairman and Ranking Member an opportunity to review information responsive to the subpoena in a secure manner, while protecting the confidentiality and safety of sources and important investigative sensitivities,” the bureau said. The FBI has consistently shown its dedication to cooperating with the Committee to fulfill its request, from setting up briefings and phone conversations to today's decision to let the Chair see evidence in person. The FBI is still devoted to providing honest cooperation to the Committee.

The bureau also issued a warning, stating that "FBI agents utilize FD-1023 forms to document unsubstantiated material from a confidential human source. There is no way to authenticate the information, establish its trustworthiness, or compare it to other material that the FBI has independently confirmed by documenting it.

It went on to say that disclosing unreliable or potentially incomplete information "could harm investigations, prejudice prosecutions or judicial proceedings, unfairly violate privacy or reputations, create false impressions in the public, or potentially identify individuals who provide information to law enforcement, placing their physical safety at risk."

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