Since the discovery of Hunter Biden’s laptop, which linked the Biden family to dubious business dealings with foreign entities, the story has been steadily unraveling. The investigation conducted by the House into the matter is revealing and concealing connections.
James Comer, chairman of the House Oversight and Accountability Committee, reviewed an FBI FD-1023 form pertaining to an informant’s allegations in the matter two days before he planned to hold a vote in Congress to hold FBI Director Christopher Wray in contempt for failing to provide a copy to his committee as requested by a subpoena.
The informant alleged that Joe Biden participated in a $5 million bribery scheme involving Ukraine in which his son obtained a lucrative energy position, but in reality, the FBI received this information in 2017 from a reliable and well-paid informant, Comer told Just the News on Tuesday evening.
In the version of the informant report that Comer was permitted to review by Wray, approximately 10% of the information was redacted, and it was made plain that the allegations were initially reported to the FBI in 2017 as Donald Trump began his presidency.
“Yes, it is Ukraine,” Comer told the Just the News, No Noise television show when asked what country the alleged bribery involved. “This form 1023 involves a business person from Ukraine, who allegedly sent a bribe, a substantial bribe to then Vice President Joe Biden.”
Questions naturally revolve around Ukrainian oligarch Mykola Zlochevsky, whose energy firm Burisma Holdings employed Hunter Biden for a lucrative board and consulting position in 2014, when Joe Biden was vice president. When asked about Zlochevsky’s ties, Comer evaded the question. “I should probably avoid answering that query. “The name has been redacted,” replied the powerful House committee chairman.
Comer stated that notations on the document he was shown, including annotations, made it clear that the informant first reported the bribery allegations to the FBI in 2017 and then twice more before bringing them up for the third time in the informant report from June 2020.
“This first started in 2017,” he said, citing footnotes in the informant report he reviewed that listed two prior reports. “There are two notes, or footnotes, whatever you want to call them. They listed them as notes. I will say footnotes for better explanation, that reference 2017. And it was either 2018 or 2019. So this wasn’t the first time that the informant had mentioned a bribery scheme pertaining to Joe Biden to the FBI.
Comer’s revelations occurred on the same day that Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley disclosed that the FBI informant who provided the intelligence was considered so credible and valuable that he was compensated $200,000 over the course of several years. Democrat claims that the allegations were old, disproven, or tied to an effort by attorney Rudy Giuliani to investigate the Bidens’ Ukraine ties that lead to Trump’s first impeachment in 2019 were refuted by the remarks of the two Republican lawmakers.
“Partisan media, most likely in conjunction with the Biden FBI, have misleadingly reported the 1023 is from a tranche of information provided by Rudy Giuliani. News reports last week dispel that notion and make clear the 1023 information that we request is independent of Giuliani,” Grassley stated in a speech given on the Senate floor.
“Those news reports also show that the source who formed the basis of the 1023 is a long-serving FBI source. The source reportedly received numerous validations from the FBI. The source reportedly operated even during the Obama administration. Based on what I’ve been told about yesterday’s meeting, the FBI didn’t contradict these findings,”
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“Today, I can say that based upon unclassified and legally protected whistleblower disclosures the FBI source in the 1023 has been paid at least two-hundred thousand dollars by the FBI since the source was opened and operational,” he added. “High dollar payments obviously mean the FBI believes the source to be credible and reputable.” CONTINUE READING…