In the wake of multiple reports surrounding former Attorney General Bill Barr and Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), the narrative of the Biden family’s corruption investigation has taken a dramatic turn. Raskin’s statements have drawn heavy scrutiny, not least from Barr himself. Reporting published Wednesday by The Federalist directly challenged the truthfulness of Raskin’s allegations, providing a striking contrast to the narrative that he and his Democratic colleagues have projected.
Raskin has painted a picture of Barr’s tenure as Attorney General as one of passive observance, claiming that an investigation into Biden family corruption allegations was dismissed under Barr’s watch. Yet, Barr’s account shared with The Federalist emphatically rebuts these accusations.
EXCLUSIVE: Bill Barr Confirms Rep. Jamie Raskin Lied About Biden Family Corruption Investigationhttps://t.co/R9k8ypzQOr
— The Federalist (@FDRLST) June 7, 2023
In response to Raskin’s assertion that Barr and his “handpicked prosecutor” terminated an inquiry into claims of Joe Biden accepting a $5 million bribe, Barr said, “It’s not true. It wasn’t closed down.” Instead, the probe was transferred to Delaware for continued investigation, according to the former Attorney General.
Raskin’s claims, focusing on the role of U.S. Attorney for Western Pennsylvania Scott Brady, seemed designed to deflect blame from the current administration to the preceding one. Yet, Raskin’s narrative contains inconsistencies. It falsely connected the allegations made by a confidential human source (CHS), as documented in the FD-1023 form, with information related to the Biden family’s corruption in Ukraine that Rudy Giuliani provided. The Federalist reported that the CHS’s allegations and Giuliani’s data are unrelated, making this another in a series of questionable statements from Raskin.
As the narrative unravels, it’s becoming evident that there’s much more to this than meets the eye. House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-Ky) is keen on digging deeper. “We have an FBI document that the FBI has been sitting on for seven years and, in my opinion, is uninvestigated,” Comer said this week in an interview with Newsmax.
The controversy swirling around this investigation underpins two significant issues. First, the FBI’s alleged failure to adequately scrutinize the FD-1023 form and its decision to limit access to the information raises serious concerns about transparency and accountability. Second, the allegations of FBI Director Christopher Wray’s potential involvement in manipulating the CHS’s information fuel the growing fire.
In this context, Comer’s demand for the FBI to produce the document and warning Director Wray of possible contempt of Congress charges gain importance. Political considerations shouldn’t obstruct these matters of justice and the pursuit of truth, as Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) put it succinctly: “It’s past time for the FBI to come clean and show their work if they have any hope of salvaging their own credibility.”
The unraveling of Raskin’s narrative, combined with the serious questions about the FBI’s conduct, underlines the importance of thorough investigation and the pursuit of truth. Irrespective of political loyalties, we must demand transparency and accountability from our institutions for the good of the American people.