Now that FBI Director Christopher Wray has reportedly confirmed the existence of documentation that allegedly outlines a “criminal bribery scheme” involving then-Vice President Joe Biden, as the Daily Wire reports, the commander in chief's family may be forced to face accountability for its questionable activity over the years.
Following a telephone conversation between Wray and House Oversight chair James Comer (R-KY), the lawmaker informed the public that the agency head offered to permit in-person inspection of the previously subpoenaed materials by certain lawmakers but would not commit to turning them over to Congress more broadly.
As such, according to Comer, Wray effectively admitted that the unclassified form is indeed available, and the congressman argued that there is no legitimate basis for his continued denial of access.
In a press release issued after the phone call occurred, Comer and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) decried the stalemate and pledged consequences if Wray persists in his refusal to comply with their subpoena.
Comer declared, “Today, FBI Director Wray confirmed the existence of the FD-1023 form alleging then-Vice President Biden engaged in a criminal bribery scheme with a foreign national. However, Director Wray did not commit to producing the documents subpoenaed by the House Oversight Commitee.”
“While Director Wray – after a onth of refusing to even acknowledge that the firm existed – has offered to allow us to see the documents in person at FBI headquarters, we have been clear that anything short of producing these documents to the House Oversight Committee is not in compliance with the subpoena,” Comer added.
Reiterating his prior stance on Wray's recalcitrant attitude, Comer continued, “If the FBI fails to hand over the FD-1023 form as required by the subpoena, the House Oversight Committee will begin contempt of Congress proceedings.”
Grassley was similarly resolute in his take on the m atter, saying, “While the FBI has apparently leaked classified information to the news media in recent weeks, jeopardizing its own human sources, it continues to treat Congress like second class citizens by refusing to provide a specific unclassified record.”
The senator added, “Director Wray confirmed what my whistleblowers have told me pursuant to legally protected disclosures: the FBI-generated document is real, but the bureau has yet to provide it to Congress in defiance of a legitimate congressional subpoena.”
“This failure comes with consequences,” Grassley asserted.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has also evinced a willingness to pursue contempt charges against Wray in the document fight, saying of the FBI director during a Tuesday appearance on Fox News, “He can send us the document, we have a right to look at that, Republicans and Democrats alike in that committee, and if he does not follow through with the law, we will move contempt charges...[t]hey are not above the law.”
Former House Intelligence Committee chair Devin Nunes (R-CA) is similarly convinced that Wray must face serious ramifications for his noncompliance with a legitimate congressional subpoena, saying during a recent appearance on Fox News' The Story that “there is no way in holy hell” that the agency director should be able to get away with such conduct.
As the Daily Caller has noted, those who refuse “to give testimony or produce papers” when summoned to do by either chamber of the legislature can be found guilty of contempt and face penalties such as a $100,000 fine as well as a possible 12 months in prison.
Of course, given that potential prosecution of such charges against Wray would be under the purview of Attorney General Merrick Garland's Department of Justice or the U.S. Attorney's Office in liberal Washington, D.C., any Republican push to hold him in contempt would, unfortunately, be purely symbolic in nature.