- FBI Director Christopher Wray has failed to meet the deadline for a subpoena concerning a document allegedly outlining a “criminal scheme” involving President Joe Biden.
- Rep. James Comer (R-KY), the House Oversight Committee chairman investigating Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings, accused the FBI of refusing to provide the requested record, which purportedly implicates Joe Biden and an unidentified “foreign national.”
- Comer had previously warned Wray of potential contempt of Congress proceedings if the FBI failed to cooperate. Despite a call scheduled with Wray on Wednesday, Comer is now considering pursuing such proceedings.
FBI Director Christopher Wray is facing a potential contempt charge as he again misses a subpoena deadline, adding more tension to an ongoing investigation involving President Joe Biden. The subpoena pertains to a form allegedly describing a “criminal scheme” that implicates Biden and an as-yet-unidentified “foreign national.”
Rep. James Comer (R-KY), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, expressed his dissatisfaction on Tuesday as the FBI continued to withhold the requested document. Comer, leading the investigation into Hunter Biden’s foreign business transactions, had previously warned Wray of potential contempt of Congress proceedings should the FBI director fail to cooperate. Despite a scheduled call with Wray on Wednesday, Comer has suggested moving forward with holding Wray in contempt.
Comer expressed his disappointment on Tuesday afternoon, stating, “The FBI’s decision to stiff-arm Congress and hide this information from the American people is obstructionist and unacceptable.” He further added, “While I have a call scheduled with FBI Director Wray tomorrow to discuss his response further, the Committee has been clear in its intent to protect Congressional oversight authorities and will now be taking steps to hold the FBI Director in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a lawful subpoena.”
The FBI released a statement in response on Tuesday, calling the escalation before the planned Wednesday call “unnecessary.” The statement reads, “The FBI remains committed to cooperating with the Committee in good faith. In a letter to Chairman Comer earlier today, the FBI committed to providing access to information responsive to the Committee’s subpoena in a format and setting that maintains confidentiality and protects important security interests and the integrity of FBI investigations.”
Comer had issued the FBI a letter in early May stating that “whistleblower disclosures” suggested the FBI and Justice Department possess an FD-1023 form. This form reportedly outlines an “alleged criminal scheme” involving President Biden and a foreign national “relating to the exchange of money for policy decisions.” The FD-1023 form is utilized by the FBI to record interviews with confidential human sources.
Despite multiple meetings between Comer’s and the FBI’s staff, the FBI has repeatedly refused to hand over the document, resulting in escalating tension and threats of potential contempt proceedings. Comer’s office maintains that “Americans deserve the truth, and the Oversight Committee will continue to demand transparency from this nation’s chief law enforcement agency.”