House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. James Comer (R-KY) fired back at a reporter during a press conference about the alleged bribery scheme implicating President Joe Biden — giving a strong answer as to why he has decided to move forward with holding the FBI in contempt of Congress for their part in attempting to conceal evidence.
On Monday, Comer announced that he would be starting the process of holding FBI Director Christopher Wray in contempt of Congress — citing their refusal to turn over an FD-1023 form that allegedly shows Biden engaged in a criminal bribery scheme with a foreign national when he was serving as vice president under then-President Barack Obama.
Last week, Comer threatened to hold the FBI director in contempt after he allowed the May 30 deadline to pass without handing over the document — which the FBI repeatedly refused to provide to the Oversight Committee, claiming it would jeopardize the investigation and sources.
Ultimately, the bureau allowed Comer to come in and view the document, but refused to respond to the subpoena and hand it over to the committee — despite the fact that it is not classified.
“At the briefing, the FBI again refused to hand over the unclassified record to the custody of the House Oversight Committee,” the Kentucky congressman said. “And we will now initiate contempt of Congress hearings this Thursday.”
A reporter then pushed back on Comer’s comments, questioning why he needs the FBI to hand over the document if he’s already viewed it.
“Why do you need the document at hand? You just got a chance to review it,” the reporter asked. “Why move forward with contempt when the FBI says they’re cooperating in good faith?”
Comer immediately fired back, stating that the media has repeatedly tried to claim that the document doesn’t exist and the claims from House Republicans about the allegations against Biden are false, and noting that it is unlikely that the left-wing media is going to report accurately about the bribery scheme unless they see the proof.
“Well, let’s just look at what I’ve read in a lot of the media accounts, and with statements that Ian Sam’s has made from the White House that you know, there’s no merit to this, this is crazy, this is a conspiracy theory, and you’re just supposed to take my word, or the FBI’s word? I’m supposed to take the FBI’s word that they’re investigating this?” he said. “Or that, you’re gonna write that the source is unverified, remember the main reason they’re not wanting to make this public is because they’re concerned about the source.”
Reporter: “Why do you need the document at hand? You just got a chance to view it … Why move forward with contempt when the FBI says they’re cooperating in good faith?”
House Oversight Chair James Comer: “I’m supposed to take the FBI’s word that they’re investigating this?” pic.twitter.com/sgPhRaobwL
— The Recount (@therecount) June 5, 2023
The FD-1023 form Comer is seeking reportedly contains an interview with a credible witness who alleges that Biden accepted a $5 million bribe from a foreign national to influence certain policy decisions.
This news comes as the Oversight Committee continues to investigate the Biden family for alleged influence peddling — with Comer releasing evidence in May that several Biden family members received more than $10 million through limited liability companies (LLCs) formed during Biden’s vice presidency.
🚨 BREAKING: House Oversight reveals bank records show that Biden associate, Rob Walker, used his company, Robinson Walker LLC, to transfer money from a Chinese energy company to Hunter Biden, James Biden, Hallie Biden, and an unknown “Biden.” pic.twitter.com/ynLb8EjiU9
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) March 16, 2023