Chairman Kevin McCarthy says the FBI is close to handing over a potentially damning document involving President Joe Biden – after a heated phone call with the bureau’s director.
Appearing for a TV interview on Sunday, the California rep gave some insight into what happened between him and director Christopher Wray during the Friday call, which came a day after feds pushed back a subpoena. asking for the still unseen report.
The official request was sent by House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer and was for a forward-looking financial form that multiple GOP lawmakers say sets out an “alleged criminal scheme” involving Biden and an unnamed foreign national.
However, almost immediately afterwards, the acting deputy director of the office of congressional affairs wrote a letter to Comer, a Republican from Kentucky, informing him that the agency would not immediately provide the form in question.
McCarthy, 58, quickly released his own statement decrying the response, in which he called assistant manager Christopher Dunham’s official response “unacceptable” – and vowed to speak to his direct supervisor by phone by Friday.
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President Kevin McCarthy says the FBI is close to handing over a potentially damning document involving President Joe Biden – following what he said was a heated phone call with the bureau’s director on Friday
Speaking to Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo (left), the 58-year-old speaker confirmed the call had taken place and said he hoped the document – the content of which was allegedly backed up by a “highly credible” whistleblower – would soon be in the hands of the Chamber
Speaking to Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo two days later, the speaker confirmed the call had taken place and said he hoped the document – the content of which was allegedly substantiated by a pitcher “highly credible” alert – would soon be in the hands of the House.
“I wanted to be clear with the director of the FBI,” McCarthy began, speaking for the first time about the promised call between him and Wray. “Congress has the right, and we have the jurisdiction, to oversee the FBI.
“It’s a document that a committee chair asked to see,” the conservative continued, near the end of a roughly seven-minute spot that also saw him address his latest negotiations with Biden over the ceiling. debt.
He said of the subpoenaed document: ‘[Dunham] didn’t even acknowledge if he had this document – he didn’t even provide it”.
Citing the status of Congress as the body that oversees the FBI and other federal agencies, McCarthy reminded Bartiromo how he tore the agency boss on Friday by confronting him that Dunham’s refusal not only constituted a violation of ethics, but also the law.
“I explained to the director that we will do everything in our power, and [that] we have jurisdiction over the FBI – that we have the right to see this document,” the Republican recounted.
“I believe that after this call, we will get this document.”
Other than that claim, the GOP operative refrained from commenting on the contents of the form — which Comer and Chuck Grassley of Iowa say is an FD-1023 form that details “an alleged scheme involving the vice- then-President Biden.”
This form is typically used to document unverified information obtained from confidential sources — and in this case, according to GOP officials, relates to Biden’s alleged dealings with “a foreign national regarding the exchange of money for political decisions.” .
Neither man has revealed any further details about the document in question, nor has McCarthy.
McCarhty spoke to FBI Director Christopher Wray (pictured) on Friday’s call, which came a day after federal authorities serving under the bureau’s boss rebuffed a subpoena asking for the report – which exposes ‘alleged criminal scheme’ involving Biden and foreign national, say lawmakers
The request was sent by House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (pictured) and related to a forward-looking financial form completed when Biden was vice president. Republicans admitted they were unsure if the claims were accurate, putting further pressure on the FBI
Last week, Sen. Grassley — who also issued the subpoena with Comer — Grassley admitted he and other Republicans were unsure if the claims were accurate, putting additional pressure on the FBI.
However, the official request failed to sway Dunham, who immediately sent a letter to Cormer explaining why the agency would not immediately provide the document.
‘An FD-1023 form documents the information given to an FBI agent online. Recording the information does not validate the information, establish its credibility, or compare it to other information known or developed by the FBI,’ Dunham wrote to the Kentucky curator.
“The mere existence of such a document would not establish much beyond the fact that a confidential human source provided information and the FBI recorded it,” he added, arguing that the Anonymous insider allegations should not immediately warrant a federal investigation.
“The FBI regularly receives information from sources with significant potential biases, motives and knowledge, including drug traffickers, organized crime members or even terrorists,” he added.
Comer, meanwhile, remained skeptical — arguing in a retaliatory statement that the agency’s letter alone proves the document exists and is protected from Congress by bureau officials.
“It is clear from the FBI’s response that the unclassified file that the oversight committee subpoenaed exists, but they are refusing to provide it to the committee,” Comer explained.
Deputy Director of the FBI’s Congressional Affairs Office Christopher Dunham rejected the subpoena due to a lack of evidence – a move the GOP has since called “unacceptable” and prompted McCarthy on Friday to swear to speak with the top of the Fed
“We have asked the FBI not only to provide this record, but also to inform us of what they have done to investigate these allegations. The FBI failed to do both. The FBI’s position is “trust, but you are not authorized to verify”. This is unacceptable.
The statement came two days after an earlier claim by Comer, in which he said his panel “will only report facts to you when they are verified and indisputable” – referring to any foreign money transferred to companies linked to the Biden family and their associates. ,
He added, “This committee will not continue the witch hunt, or shackle the American people for years with false promises of proof that go beyond circumstantial evidence.”
Grassley, meanwhile, said in a statement Friday of the FBI’s refusal to hand over the document: “Today’s letter from the FBI raises additional questions, including whether the FBI has an ongoing investigation based on these allegations. .”
As of Sunday, the bureau had yet to confirm whether any of the aforementioned claims regarding the forward-looking financial form were true. It is not yet clear if the agency has started to verify these claims.
Republicans have yet to see the document.