House Oversight Committee wants to know whether FBI used 'Russian disinformation' narrative to shut down Biden corruption probes

By Jen Krausz on
 June 6, 2023

The FBI caved on Monday and went to Capitol Hill to show the House Oversight Committee a memo alleging President Joe Biden was involved in a $5 million foreign bribery scheme, but the real question is, what did the FBI do about it?

The committee now wants to know whether the FBI used a familiar "Russian disinformation" talking point to squash the memo and any investigation into Biden, the same way it did when Hunter Biden's laptop surfaced and its information began to go public.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) for one has been accusing the FBI of using the false narrative to shut down investigations into Biden since February, but no one was paying attention until whistleblowers started coming forward to corroborate the story.

“Whistleblowers approached my office with allegations that the FBI created an assessment in August 2020 – the same month that the FBI briefed me and Senator Johnson,” Grassley testified at the time. “According to these whistleblowers, that assessment was used by FBI Headquarters to improperly discredit negative Hunter Biden information as disinformation. This scheme allegedly caused investigative activity then to entirely cease.”

Grassley also pointed out that the FBI put information about Biden family corruption into a restricted database where most people could not get to it--a way of hiding it from much of the agency and the public without appearing to do so. It also closed other investigations without pursuing them, right before the 2020 election.

No doubt, Biden was counting on the FBI being in his pocket again in 2024, but once Republicans are done with them, they will hopefully be too cowed and scared to do that again.