The FBI is refusing to immediately release a document to congressional Republicans, causing GOP lawmakers to question why the agency is remaining tight-lipped about an “alleged criminal scheme” involving President Joe Biden and a foreign national.
The FBI missed a Wednesday (May 10) deadline to provide unverified information that House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) issued a subpoena to receive.
Responding to the subpoena, FBI acting Assistant Director for Congressional Affairs Christopher Dunham said in a letter that the FBI “is committed to beginning the constitutionally” required accommodation process.
Dunham later added that the agency “would be pleased” to coordinate with House of Representatives staff to discuss whether and how the agency can respond to Comer’s request “without violating our law enforcement and national security obligations.”
In the letter, Dunham also claimed that the DOJ policy “strictly limits when and how confidential human source information” is allowed to be released outside the FBI.
In a statement following the letter, Comer explained he would be following up with the agency to Compel compliance with the subpoena.
Comer also suggested that the FBI’s response confirmed that the “unclassified record” the Committee sought “exists.”
Last week, Comer and Republican Senator Chuck Grassley (Iowa) detailed how a “highly credible” Whistleblower had revealed that the FBI is in possession of an FD-1023 form, which documents unconfirmed information gathered from confidential sources that described an “alleged criminal scheme” which alleged then-Vice President Joe Biden and a foreigner were exchanging money for political decisions.