A new letter from House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY) to FBI Director Christopher Wray Thursday demands the bureau hand over an FD-1023 form which, according to a new report, references an amount of "five million" and the date June 30, 2020. The amount and date of a bribe.
According to The Daily Wire, the committee chair wrote, "These terms relate to the date on the FD-1023 form and its reference to the amount of money the foreign national allegedly paid to receive the desired policy outcome."
In the letter to Wray, Comer wrote in part,
"The FBI’s refusal to produce this single document is obstructionist. Nevertheless, to narrow the breadth of the subpoena, we are providing additional terms based on unclassified and legally protected whistleblower disclosures that may be referenced in the FD-1023 form: “June 30, 2020” and “five million.” These terms relate to the date on the FD-1023 form and its reference to the amount of money the foreign national allegedly paid to receive the desired policy outcome.
Given the large number of FD-1023 forms with the word “Biden” in June 2020, these terms should assist the FBI in identifying the specific FD-1023 form at issue. Despite the FBI’s unreasonable delay, the Committee will allow FBI six more days to produce the FD-1023 form. To the extent there are numerous documents referencing “Biden” and “five million” dollar payments, please let us know promptly."
As alluded to in the previous excerpt, Comer's patience with the FBI's refusal to comply with congressional subpoenas may have reached its end. The Oversight and Accountability Chair not only applied a due date for the bureau's compliance, but an accompanying threat of consequences: "Your response to the subpoena is due May 30, 2023. If the FD-1023 form is not produced by that date, the Committee will initiate contempt of Congress proceedings."
The bureau responded to the New York Post on Thursday claiming, "The FBI’s mission is to protect the American people. Releasing confidential source information could potentially jeopardize investigations and put lives at risk. The FBI remains committed to cooperating with Congress’s oversight requests on this matter and others as we always have.”
As reported by News Nation, under federal law any person who "willfully makes default, or who, having appeared, refuses to answer any question pertinent to the question under inquiry" could be subjected to fines or prison time after facing charges for a misdemeanor. Notably, in 2022 former White House Strategist for President Donald Trump, Steve Bannon was convicted of contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena from the improperly constituted January 6th select committee.
However, under similar partisan circumstances in 2012 then-Attorney General Eric Holder was referred for prosecution by Congress for contempt following the investigation of the 'fast and furious' gun-walking scandal as reported by Politico. Holder was never subsequently prosecuted. Given Democrat control of the Justice Department under AG Merrick Garland, any prosecution of Wray for contempt seems equally unlikely.You can follow Matt Holloway on Facebook, Twitter, TruthSocial, Gettr, Gab & Parler.