On May 3, 2023, in the White House’s Cross Hall before a dinner for combatant commanders, President Joe Biden delivers a speech.
On Wednesday, a prominent House Republican served a subpoena on FBI Director Chris Wray demanding access to information allegedly pertaining to President Joe Biden and his family. The request was based on recently disclosed charges that the representative said an anonymous whistleblower had conveyed to Congress.
The latest in a long line of “unfounded, unproven” political charges by Republicans against Biden, according to the White House, that has been “floating anonymous innuendo.”
James Comer of Kentucky is looking for a specific FBI document from June 2020 that is a report of talks or encounters with a confidential source. Comer is the chairman of the House Oversight Committee and Accountability. Comer, along with Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, wrote to Wray stating that “it has come to our attention” that the bureau has a document that “describes an alleged criminal scheme” involving Biden and a foreign national “relating to the exchange of money for policy decisions” when Biden was vice president and includes “a precise description” about it.
All alleged FD-1023 forms, along with any attachments and supporting documents, are demanded by the subpoena.
In the letter’s opening line, the congressmen used the word “alleged” three times but provided no proof of the claims’ truth or any information regarding what they claimed to be “highly credible unclassified whistleblower disclosures.”
Comer and Grassley asserted that those “disclosures” call for additional investigation. They want to know whether the FBI conducted its own investigation and, if so, what findings were made.
The subpoena, according to the White House, is another proof of how congressional Republicans have long “been lob[bing] unfounded, unproven, politically motivated attacks” against the Bidens “without offering evidence for their claims or evidence of decisions that were influenced by anything other than U.S. interests.”
Biden “has offered an unprecedented level of transparency” about his personal finances by making a total of 25 years’ worth of tax returns available to the public, according to Ian Sams, a spokesman for the White House.
The subpoena was received, the FBI and Justice Department confirmed, but they chose not to speak further. The president’s private attorneys declined to comment.
Republicans assert that they have gathered material in recent years that cast doubt on the assertion that Biden and his family have utilized their public positions for personal advantage.
With their newfound control in the House, the Republicans have aggressively looked into Joe and Hunter Biden’s business transactions, including their foreign payments and other financial matters. Through subpoenas to the Treasury Department and numerous financial institutions, Comer has since January collected hundreds of pages of the Biden family’s financial data.
Comer has not yet made many disclosures about the results of his probe. Most recently, Comer asserted that a contract involving the Biden family generated over $1 million in profit in more than 15 incremental payments from a Chinese corporation through a third party.
Comer and Grassley have both accused the FBI and Justice Department of obstructing their inquiries and politicizing the agency’s lengthy inquiry into Hunter Biden’s financial dealings.
To report a “failure to mitigate clear conflicts of interest in the ultimate disposition” of a criminal investigation involving the younger Biden’s taxes and whether he made a false statement in connection with a gun purchase, an IRS special agent requested whistleblower protections from Congress last month.