UPDATE: Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-Fla.) tweeted late Monday that the FBI fears the whistleblower in this story will be killed if unmasked.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.) announced Monday that he will initiate the process of holding FBI Director Christopher Wray in contempt of Congress for not complying with a subpoena of an FBI document alleging a criminal bribery scheme involving President Joe Biden.
On Monday the FBI brought the document in question, an FBI-generated FD-1023 form from June 2020, to Comer and Ranking Oversight Committee Member Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) to review at a secure facility.
An FD-1023 is a form used by the FBI to record unverified reporting from confidential human sources.
A whistleblower approached Comer and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) in early May about the document, which alleges a $5 million criminal scheme involving then-Vice President Biden and a foreign national exchanging money for influence over policy decisions.
Comer claims that although he was able to view the document, the FBI still refuses to hand over the physical FD-1023 form to the Committee in compliance with a subpoena issued in May based on the whistleblower’s information.
“Today FBI officials confirmed that the unclassified FBI-generated record has not been disproven, and is currently being used in an ongoing investigation,” Comer said in a press briefing Monday.
“The confidential human source who provided information about then-Vice President Biden being involved in a criminal bribery scheme is a trusted, highly credible informant who has been used by the FBI for over ten years and has been paid over six figures,” he said.
“These are facts and no amount of spin and frankly, lies from the White House or congressional Democrats can change this information,” he added.
After saying that the FBI again refused to hand over the document to the custody of the Oversight Committee, Comer said that the Committee will commence contempt of Congress hearings for FBI Director Wray this Thursday.
“Given the severity and complexity of the allegations contained in this record, Congress must investigate further,” Comer said.
“Americans have lost trust in the FBI’s ability to enforce the law impartially, and demand answers, transparency and accountability,” he said. “The investigation is not dead. This is only the beginning.”