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The Federal Bureau of Investigation refused Wednesday to comply with the House Oversight Committee’s subpoena that required the agency to turn over an unclassified informant report alleging that President Biden accepted bribes from a foreign national while he was vice president, the New York Post reported.
Last week, the House Oversight Committee issued a subpoena for an FBI file, FD-1023, that “describes an alleged criminal scheme involving then-Vice President Biden and a foreign national relating to the exchange of money for policy decisions,” Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) and Senate Budget Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) wrote in a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray.
“We have received legally protected and highly credible unclassified whistleblower disclosures,” Comer and Grassley stated.
The informant report was “created or modified in June 2020,” several months before Biden was declared the winner of the presidential election.
The FBI was required to turn over the document by noon Wednesday and provide proof that the bureau investigated the allegations. However, Comer said the agency “failed to do both.”
“We’ve asked the FBI to not only provide this record, but to also inform us what it did to investigate these allegations,” Comer stated. “The FBI has failed to do both. 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.”
Instead of providing the file, the agency replied with a six-page letter raising several objections and concerns regarding the committee’s request.
FBI acting assistant director for congressional affairs Christopher Dunham claimed the unclassified informant report needs to be kept private to protect sources.
“Information from confidential human sources is unverified and, by definition, incomplete,” he wrote.
“As is clear from the name itself, confidentiality is definitional to the FBI’s Confidential Human Source program,” Dunham added. “Confidential human sources often provide information to the FBI at great risk to themselves and their loved ones. The information they provide also can create significant risks to others who may be referenced in their reporting.”
“We … hope this helps you understand that keeping this kind of source information free from the perception or reality of improper influence — and preventing the redirection of this information for non-law enforcement or non-intelligence uses — is necessary for the FBI’s effective execution of our law enforcement and national security responsibilities,” he concluded.
Comer and Grassley noted that the FBI did not dispute that the file exists but only refused to provide it to the committee.
The FBI failed to turn over the document just hours before Comer held a press conference where he revealed evidence uncovered by the committee that the Biden family and their business associates were involved in “influence peddling schemes.”
The committee accused several Biden family members of collecting at least $10 million from foreign nationals and attempting to cover up the source of the funds by funneling the money in small, incremental payments through 20 companies owned by Biden and created after he assumed the vice presidency in 2009.
The White House continues to deny the allegations made against the president and claims that the committee’s investigation failed to provide proof of illegal activity.
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Candace Hathaway is a staff writer for Blaze News.