House GOP reaches compromise with FBI on Joe Biden document, avoiding contempt vote

WASHINGTON — House Republicans avoided a vote to scorn the FBI by reaching a deal Wednesday to allow all members of a key committee to review an investigative document tied to President Joe Biden.

Rep. James Comer, head of the House Oversight and Accountability Committee, threatened a contempt vote on Thursday after gaining access to the document on Monday and an FBI briefing about it because the rest of the committee was not there. no access either.

The compromise reached Wednesday evening calls on all committee members to be able to review the document, called FD-1023, and two other documents mentioned in it. Comer overturned the contempt vote.

“Allowing all members of the Oversight Committee to review this file is an important step toward oversight of the FBI and its accountability to the American people,” said Comer, R-Ky.

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 08: House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer, R-Ky., questions witnesses during the first public hearing of the House Special Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic in the Rayburn House office building on Capitol Hill on March 08, 2023 in Washington DC.

WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 08: House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer, R-Ky., questions witnesses during the first public hearing of the House Special Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic in the Rayburn House office building on Capitol Hill on March 08, 2023 in Washington DC.

The top Democrat on the panel, Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, who joined Comer to read the document and receive the briefing, said the FBI offered other accommodations in a spirit of good faith.

The document, which contains information from a confidential source, some of which is unverified, alleges that Biden was involved in a $5 million corruption scheme, according to Comer.

Former President Donald Trump’s attorney general, Bill Barr, has assigned a Trump-appointed US attorney, Scott Brady, to look into the allegations in 2020.

Raskin said the allegations were refuted and the result of the assessment was “Trump’s Justice Department has concluded that the evidence does not warrant further investigation.”

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Ian Sams, a White House spokesman, said Comer and his fellow Republicans “torpedoed their credibility by repeatedly failing to follow up on high-profile allegations.”

“Their factless wild goose chase continues to be a waste of taxpayer resources when House Republicans should instead focus on the real issues that matter to American families,” Sams said.

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But Comer said the investigation is continuing under the direction of the U.S. Attorney in Delaware and lawmakers will continue to review it.

“Let’s be clear: The allegations in this dossier are not closed as the White House and the Democrats would have the American people believe,” Comer said. “The Oversight Committee will continue to follow the facts and hold the American people accountable.”

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: House GOP avoids FBI contempt vote by reviewing Joe Biden document

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