FBI offers to show GOP chairman document purporting to relate to Biden, his family

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI on Friday offered to show top lawmakers next week a document from the office that claims to relate to President Joe Biden and his family after weeks of demands from congressional Republicans and a threat of contempt against director Christopher Wray.

In a statement, the FBI said it would produce the document in a secure location inside the U.S. Capitol for the House Oversight Committee’s Republican chairman, Rep. James Comer, and the panel’s top Democrat, Jamie. Raskins from Maryland.

At issue is an internal FBI document known as FD-1023, which agents use to record unverified information and information they receive from confidential human sources. The FBI says these documents may contain unsubstantiated and incomplete information, and documenting the tip does not validate it.

“By offering to provide access to the requested document in combination with a briefing to offer context, the FBI has agreed in good faith to give the Committee all of the information it originally requested and more,” the FBI said. . “The common sense protections the FBI has sought to maintain the confidentiality of this sensitive information are routinely used both in response to congressional requests and in court in criminal proceedings to protect the physical safety of sources and the integrity investigations.”

Comer responded to the FBI’s concession by suggesting that wouldn’t be enough to stop him from moving forward with contempt, saying “anything short of” producing the document to the committee would not comply with the subpoena. . A contempt of Congress charge would require a full committee vote before going to the House floor.

Comer assigned Wray earlier this month to search for a specific FBI form from June 2020.

In a May 3 letter to Wray along with Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Comer said that “it has come to our attention” that the office has such a document that “describes an alleged criminal scheme involving Biden and a foreign national “relating to the exchange of money for political decisions” when Biden was vice president and includes “specific description” about it.

The lawmakers used the word “alleged” three times in the first paragraph of the letter and provided no evidence of the truth of the charges or any details of what they claim are “highly credible unclassified whistleblower disclosures.” .

The White House called the subpoena effort further evidence of how congressional Republicans “have long launched baseless, unproven, and politically motivated attacks” on the Biden family “without offering proof of their claims.” or evidence of decisions influenced by anything other than US interests. ”

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Associated Press writer Farnoush Amiri in Washington contributed to this report.

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