Narratives are forming over the relevance of the FD-1023 form that was stored within the vaults of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and whether there is still an open investigation over a bribery scheme detailed by this form involving a foreign national and then-Vice President Joe Biden. Republicans take the view that the form constitutes a serious document and that the FBI still has an open investigation on the manner but that this is a tactic to cover up for Biden rather than conduct a serious investigation. Democrats take the view that this is an investigation that was closed and that there was no serious evidence to suggest that the form is true, according to Just the News.
Representative James Comer (R-KY), chairman of the House Oversight Committee and one of the viewers of the memo in question, said of it that "FBI officials confirmed that the unclassified FBI generated record has not been disproven, and is currently being used in an ongoing investigation" and that the document "suggests a pattern of bribery where payments would be made through shell accounts and multiple banks." The Republican chairman could not go into the details of the current FBI investigation but said of it that "all I know is there’s an ongoing investigation." The Republican lawmaker still intends to hold FBI Director Christopher Wray in contempt for his refusal to hand over the document to Congress.
Representative Jamie Raskin (R-MD) commented that "I must have missed that because I’ve not heard that this is part of any ongoing investigation." Raskin claimed the investigation ended because the FBI had done "due diligence" over the memo and "found no reason to escalate from an assessment to a so-called preliminary investigation. And after that, comes a full-blown" investigation.
When pressed by reporters over Comer's claims, Raskin merely said, "The FBI and the Department of Justice team, under [then-Attorney General] William Barr and Scott Brady, in the Western District of Pennsylvania terminated the investigation. They said there were no grounds for further investigative steps. So, they ended that." He emphasized that he could not speak to the memo's relevance in other FBI probes.
Representative Troy Nehls (R-TX) mused to Just the News that the FBI keeping its investigation open on the document allowed the Bureau to prevent public access to the document and it may just be a means of covering for Biden until after the 2024 election.
"It's going to be an ongoing investigation until after... the election...They're not going to absolutely it's going to be you won't know that for another 18 months, they're going to have this election over with before they ever say 'Now we can give you an answer...They got to do everything to protect sleepy Joe and his corrupt family," Nehls said. "That's exactly what they're going to do. And when you don't own the White House, and you appoint all these people, what do you think you're gonna get? You're not going to get a whole hell of a lot from them."
Former FBI agent and whistleblower Steven Friend also shared this view of a cover-up in progress. He said "[m]y concern is the timing of this document. It's three years ago, in the summer before [a] presidential election. And the question is, if that is credible information, then there should have been at least an assessment or preliminary investigation, if not a full investigation that went on and they've sort of indicated that one does exist. But if it had the ability to impact an election, it was certainly a comment on the FBI to reveal that, and now after the fact where they're saying that, that they that they're worried about revealing sources and methods. That's just nonsense."
He added that "[B]ut if they [the FBI] filed it away, and I think there might be concerned that this information was brought forward it might have been damning against Joe Biden...and instead of doing the necessary steps and opening an assessment or preliminary or full investigation to find out what happened they memorialized that information inside of an FD-1023, a source reporting document and just left it in the sources file and never pursued it further...And that is a dereliction of duty in the FBI stance."