House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. James Comer (R-KY) replied to a reporter who asked why Congress isn’t trusting the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) word for its involvement in an ongoing investigation concerning President Joe Biden.
Comer recently announced he would begin the process of holding FBI Director Christopher Wray in contempt of Congress. He has argued that the FD-1023 form, which allegedly shows then-Vice President Biden involved in a criminal bribery scheme, existed and was in the FBI’s possession.
Comer recently threatened to hold Ray in contempt and set a May 30, 2023, deadline for the FBI to produce the document. The FBI eventually showed Comer the document. Comer has alleged that the agency has not fully complied with the subpoena to turn over the documents to the House Oversight Committee.
“At the briefing, the FBI again refused to hand over the unclassified record to the custody of the House Oversight Committee,” Comer said. “And we will now initiate contempt of Congress hearings this Thursday.”
A reporter then asked Comer why he needed to have the document in hand if he’s already seen it.
“Why do you need the document at hand? You just got a chance to review it,” a reporter asked. “Why move forward with contempt when the FBI says they’re cooperating in good faith?”
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
“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?” Comer replied.
“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,” Comer added.
The FD-1023 form contains an interview with a witness alleging that Biden accepted a $5 million bribe. through
The House Oversight Committee is investigating the Biden family for alleged influence-peddling. In April 2023, Comer accused nine Biden family members of being involved in international business dealings while Biden was vice president.
In May 2023, Comer said the Biden Family received over $10 million through limited liability committees formed during Biden’s vice presidency.