The White House has taken to calling the House's movement toward declaring Christopher Wray, the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in contempt of Congress a "political stunt", according to Just the News.
The Director has refused to hand over material, a FD-1023 form, listed in a congressional subpoena to the House Oversight Committee. The form in question allegedly contains information about a bribery scheme involving then Vice President Joe Biden and a foreign national. The chairman of the Oversight Committee, Representative James Comer (R-KY), who found out about this form via whistleblowers, told the press that Director Wray confirmed the existence of this document.
Comer recalled that his phone call with Director Wray did not end in a satisfactory manner. "Director Wray did not commit to producing the documents subpoenaed by the House Oversight Committee...While Director Wray – after a month of refusing to even acknowledge that the form existed – has offered to allow us to see the documents in person at FBI headquarters, we have been clear that anything short of producing these documents to the House Oversight Committee is not in compliance with the subpoena," Representative Comer said.
Mr. Comer then warned that "[i]f the FBI fails to hand over the FD-1023 form as required by the subpoena, the House Oversight Committee will begin contempt of Congress proceedings."
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On June 1st, Comer announced through social media that "I am drafting legislation to hold FBI Director Wray in contempt of Congress. [The Oversight Committee] will vote on this next week if the FBI continues to defy my lawful subpoena. The FBI is not above Congress. I will protect congressional oversight authorities."
🚨 I am drafting legislation to hold FBI Director Wray in contempt of Congress. @GOPoversight will vote on this next week if the FBI continues to defy my lawful subpoena.— Rep. James Comer (@RepJamesComer) June 1, 2023
The FBI is not above Congress. I will protect congressional oversight authorities. @SeanHannity @FoxNews pic.twitter.com/Q3rUJgDoRi
Since that phone call with Director Wray, the FBI chief has left Washington DC for Las Vegas.
White House spokesman Ian Sams told The Hill that Comer's ongoing investigation of corrupt dealings by the Biden family and Comer's threat of contempt are a "silly charade by Chairman Comer is yet another reminder that his so-called ‘investigations’ are political stunts not meant to get information but to spread thin innuendo and falsehoods to attack the President."
One might imagine that the existence of a document that allegedly detailed a criminal bribery scheme involving now President Joe Biden and the refusal by authorities to comply with the law by handing over this document would merit something greater than the White House calling this "a political stunt" and a "silly charade." Nevertheless, this is the line that the White House has chosen to take.