House GOP chairman unveils resolution to scorn FBI director

Washington —GOP Rep. James Comer, chairman of the House Oversight and Accountability Committee, is continuing his efforts to retain FBI Director Christopher Wray. contempt of Congress for failing to deliver a document detailing unconfirmed allegations of a corruption scheme involving then-Vice President Joe Biden and a foreign national.

Comer on Wednesday unveiled a resolution to scorn Wray, along with a 17-page report detailing the committee’s pursuit of the FBI document, known as Form FD-1023. FD-1023 forms are used by the FBI to document unverified reports from a confidential human source. Comer’s committee subpoenaed the FBI to produce the document in May.

FBI officials visited the Capitol on Monday and allowed Comer and ranking member Jamie Raskin, a Democrat, to review the partially redacted form. Comer said this step did not go far enough and, in a statement Wednesday, again demanded that Wray “produce unclassified file FD-1023 into the custody of the House Oversight and Accountability Committee” in order to comply with the subpoena.

Comer said the FBI “created this file based on information from a credible informant who worked with the FBI for over a decade and paid six figures”, and claimed that “the informant had had first-hand conversations with the foreign national who claimed to have bribed then-Vice President Biden.”

After reviewing the document, Raskin said the Justice Department investigated the claim made by the informant in 2020 under the direction of Attorney General William Barr and “determined that there was no [were] no reason to move from initial assessment to preliminary investigation.” He said the idea of ​​holding Wray in contempt was “absolutely ridiculous,” since the FBI gave Comer access to the document.

The FD-1023 forms contain unverified information, and the FBI noted that “[d]documenting the information does not validate it, establish its credibility, or compare it to other information verified by the FBI.” The bureau defended its decision not to submit the document itself to the committee, saying that it was necessary to protect its sources.

“The FBI has continually demonstrated its commitment to responding to the committee’s request, including producing the document in a US Capitol reading room,” the office said earlier this week. “This common sense safeguard is often used in response to congressional requests and in legal proceedings to protect important concerns, such as the physical safety of sources and the integrity of investigations. Escalating to a contempt vote in these circumstances is unjustified.”

The White House has repeatedly dismissed Comer’s pursuit of the document as politically motivated. On Monday, Ian Sams, White House spokesman for surveillance and investigations, called Comer’s push to scorn Wray “yet another factless stunt staged by President Comer not to carry out legitimate surveillance. , but to spread thin innuendo to try to harm the president politically and get media attention.”

Comer said the committee would consider the resolution at 9 a.m. Thursday. A vote to approve the resolution would send it to the House floor, triggering a vote by the entire chamber.

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