Comer wins battle with Wray over Biden ‘bribery’ doc

by Chris Lange

Chris Lange, FISM News


FBI Director Christopher Wray will hand over the so-called Biden ‘bribery’ document to the House Oversight Committee.

Facing possible contempt of Congress charges, Wray agreed Thursday to provide the document to top Republicans on the committee.

A committee spokesperson told the Washington Examiner that the document will undergo a review and that Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) will receive a briefing from the bureau on Monday.

“Chairman Comer has been clear that anything short of producing the FD-1023 form to the House Oversight Committee is not compliance with his subpoena. This unclassified record contains pages of details that need to be investigated further by the House Oversight Committee,” the spokesperson said.

Wray’s capitulation came a day after Comer announced that he was drawing up contempt of Congress charges against the bureau chief. 

Earlier on Wednesday, the Kentucky Republican rejected as “unacceptable” Wray’s offer to allow committee leadership to inspect a redacted version of the memo at FBI headquarters.

The FBI told Just the News in a statement Thursday that it sought to accommodate Congress while also protecting sensitive confidential human source information that often is recorded in memos even before it is corroborated.

“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 to accommodate the committee, while protecting the confidentiality and safety of sources and important investigative sensitivities,” the statement read.

The FBI has continually demonstrated its commitment to working with the Committee to accommodate its request, from scheduling briefings and calls to now allowing the Chair to review information in person. The FBI remains committed to cooperating with the Committee in good faith.

Republicans assert that the internal FBI memo contains information about an alleged pay-for-play scheme between Biden and a foreign national during Biden’s tenure as vice president. Details about the memo are unclear. A bank records memo released by the Oversight Committee Republicans on May 10 included information that the Biden family received $1 million in payments from Romania at a time when then-Vice President Biden was working on Romanian issues. The family also received wired money transfers from companies linked to the Chinese government, according to the memo.

The existence of the FBI memo came to light by way of a whistleblower who alerted Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) that the bureau held a document with information showing that Joe Biden was directly involved in criminal activity. 

The conservative lawmakers said at the time that the document alleged “a criminal scheme involving then-Vice President Joe Biden and a foreign national” and “the exchange of money for policy decision.”