FBI Response to Oversight Committee for Alleged Biden 'Bribery' Form Smells Like More Cover-Up

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We reported earlier how the House Oversight Committee laid out all the bombshell allegations regarding the Biden family being paid millions from foreign nationals in an alleged pay-for-play scheme.


One of the things that the Committee touched on in the press conference was information we’ve previously reported about a whistleblower. The whistleblower says that the FBI is in possession of a 1023 form, which shows an “alleged criminal scheme involving then-Vice President Biden and a foreign national relating to the exchange of money for policy decisions.” If that’s true, that’s bribery and a big problem for Joe Biden. The whistleblower said that the document “includes a precise description of how the alleged criminal scheme was employed as well as its purpose.”

The Committee subpoenaed the document from the FBI and had given them until Wednesday at noon to produce it.

Considering what we’ve seen from Joe Biden’s FBI, you knew that you weren’t going to get a straight answer from them and of course, they failed to comply. Their excuse? Oh, we’re just trying to protect confidentiality. Whose confidentiality, Joe Biden’s?

The FBI response letter said that they were “committed to beginning the constitutionally mandated accommodation process.” Um, no, guys you had until Wednesday to give it up. This isn’t the “start” of how much you’re going to try to stall to avoid turning it over and protect Joe Biden.

“The FBI is committed to working to provide the Committee information necessary for your legitimate oversight interests, while also protecting executive branch confidentiality interests and law enforcement responsibilities.”

“The FBI appreciates this opportunity to inform you of our confidentiality interests so that we can ‘seek optimal accommodation through a realistic evaluation of’ each other’s needs and ‘avoid the polarization of disputes.'”

The FBI added: “We are committed to working together through this process.”

The FBI explained that “sensitive law enforcement materials, like FD-1023 Confidential Human Source Reporting forms (FD-1023) in which you have expressed interest, are critical to FBI’s faithful execution of federal law and protection of U.S. national security.”


They think they’re going to get to “talk about it” and stall.

The letter claimed that their DOJ policy put strict limits on what they could turn over to anyone outside of the FBI.

“You have asked for what you say is a ‘precise description’ of an ‘alleged criminal scheme’ contained in is a single FD-1023 report. You express concern that the FBI has inappropriately ‘failed to disclose’ such a report ‘to the American people,’” the FBI states.”It is critical to the integrity of the entire criminal justice process and to the fulfillment of our law enforcement duties that FBI avoid revealing information—including unverified or incomplete information— that could harm investigations, prejudice prosecutions or judicial proceedings, unfairly violate privacy or reputational interests, or create misimpressions in the public.”

The FBI said “even confirming the fact of the existence (or nonexistence) of an investigation or a particular piece of investigative information can risk these serious harms,” which is “why it is—and has long been— standard practice for law enforcement agencies to decline to confirm or deny such a fact.”

“Thus, your request for a single FD-1023 report that you say includes a ‘precise description’ of an ‘alleged criminal scheme’ risks the harms that our confidentiality rules protect against,” the FBI wrote.

“We anticipate the Committee may wish to discuss its need for the specific information you requested and we would be pleased to coordinate with your staff to discuss whether and how we can accommodate your request without violating our law enforcement and national security obligations,” the FBI wrote.


Notice what they don’t say in all that discourse to try to avoid turning it over — they don’t say it doesn’t exist.

Comer said he thought their response made it clear that the document existed, but that they were refusing to turn it over. He said the Committee had not only asked for the document but to provide information about what they did to investigate these allegations; he said the FBI failed to provide that as well.

“The FBI’s position is ‘trust, but you aren’t allowed to verify.’ That is unacceptable. We plan to follow up with the FBI and expect compliance with the subpoena,” Comer said.

So the question now for the Republicans: are they going to hold the FBI to account? The Biden team is trying to roll the Committee, not only in this matter but also when it comes to the things like turning over the Afghanistan dissent cable. That cable will show that people warned Joe Biden that pulling out like he did was going to result in disaster. But they don’t want to turn it over, so you know it must be awful.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken may be facing contempt charges soon for his failure to turn it over. Blinken also allegedly lied to the Senate regarding his emails with Hunter Biden, so there’s another thing. Barack Obama was a master at making scandals disappear by simply never complying and waiting out the news cycle. The GOP needs to make Biden comply, if they’re going to have any credibility. Particularly in this case, when the allegations and the potential national security risk are so important.



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