House Speaker Kevin McCarthy warns FBI Director Christopher Wray once more that he will be charged with contempt of Congress if he fails to turn over a subpoenaed document related to an investigation into Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden.
McCarthy was discussing the ongoing debt ceiling negotiations during his Tuesday appearance on “Fox & Friends” when the topic shifted to an impending meeting between Wray and House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer.
Their encounter follows Comer’s claims that the FBI has been uncooperative in responding to a subpoena for internal documents regarding the Biden family’s business dealings with foreign entities.
McCarthy reiterated this threat during the interview, stating that he had spoken to Wray and instructed him to turn over the document by the end of the day. Comer has threatened to hold Wray in contempt if his agency fails to turn over the requested document.
“Today is the deadline. So let me not just tell you, let me tell Director Christopher Wray right here, right now. If he misses the deadline today, I’m prepared to move contempt charges in Congress against him. We have jurisdiction over this. He can send us that document,” McCarthy said.
“We have the right to look at that, Republicans and Democrats alike in that committee, and if he does not follow through with the law, we will move contempt charges against Christopher Wray and the FBI. They are not above the law,” he added.
According to the FBI, disseminating the document could compromise a confidential source and jeopardize other investigations.
According to statements made by other Republicans, the FD-1023 form at the center of the controversy allegedly contains information delineating an alleged “arrangement” involving the exchange of money in exchange for policy decisions.
Comer stated in a letter sent to Wray last week that he is taking measures to limit the scope of the document subpoena. As part of this endeavor, he has added two additional terms, “June 30, 2020” and “five million,” that may be referenced in the record.
“The FBI’s refusal to produce this single document is obstructionist,” Comer’s letter noted.
In a statement to the Daily Mail, the FBI relied on a questionable national security claim.
The mission of the FBI is to defend the American populace. Disclosure of confidential source information could jeopardize investigations and place lives at risk, according to the FBI’s statement. As always, the FBI remains committed to complying with congressional oversight requests regarding this and other matters.
Monday, Oversight Committee investigators who are working on the “influence-peddling” investigation met with FBI officials, who refused to provide the subpoenaed document.
The publication stated further:
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy announced over the weekend that the FBI was poised to hand over the potentially incriminating document, prompting the meeting on Monday.
McCarthy stated that he had a conversation with Wray last week and believed that after their conversation, Republicans would “get this document.”
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“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,” McCarthy (R-Calif.) said. CONTINUE READING…