The FBI has confirmed the existence of a document that accuses Joe Biden of taking foreign bribes as vice president, House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer said Wednesday.
According to Comer, FBI director Christopher Wray offered in a phone call Wednesday to allow lawmakers to view the potentially explosive document at FBI headquarters, but refused to provide a physical copy to the House Oversight panel. The document, known as an FD-1023, allegedly claims that a foreign national bribed Biden for a favorable policy decision when he was vice president. Republicans have sought the FD-1023 as part of their investigation into President Biden and his son’s business dealings.
Comer rejected Wray’s offer in a statement and said he would move forward with contempt proceedings against the FBI chief if the FD-1023 was not provided to the Oversight Committee. "Anything short of producing these documents to @GOPoversight is not in compliance with my subpoena," he said.
Comer and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) revealed earlier this month that an FBI whistleblower told lawmakers about the existence of the FD-1023, a type of document which the FBI uses to record interviews with confidential sources. Details of the allegation are unclear, and Republicans have acknowledged that they do not know whether the claims from the FBI source are accurate. Republicans, however, have questioned whether the FBI fully investigated the alleged bribery.
The FBI employee who contacted lawmakers is the latest in a string of government whistleblowers to come forward with evidence about the Bidens. Two IRS employees have accused the Justice Department of stonewalling an investigation into Hunter Biden’s taxes. Several of Hunter Biden's former associates, meanwhile, have provided the FBI and Congress with information about the first son’s foreign business dealings.