Wray admits existence of 'bribery scheme' form but still won't give it to committee

By Jen Krausz on
 June 1, 2023

FBI director Christopher Wray has now admitted that an FD-1023 form detailing an alleged bribery scheme participated in by President Joe Biden does exist, but still refuses to produce it for the House Oversight Committee even though it issued a subpoena requiring him to do so.

“Today, FBI Director Wray confirmed the existence of the FD-1023 form alleging then-Vice President Biden engaged in a criminal bribery scheme with a foreign national. However, Director Wray did not commit to producing the documents subpoenaed by the House Oversight Committee,” Comer said in a statement to the Washington Examiner on Wednesday afternoon. “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.”

It's important that House officials take possession of the document if they plan to use it to make a case against Biden.

Wray knows that it will be useless to them to have seen it, but not to have it to show others and use as evidence, if it comes to that.

Oversight Chair James Comer (R-KY) has said Wray will face contempt of Congress charges if he doesn't comply with the subpoena, but it's not clear whether the Justice Department would follow through on those charges.

The FBI is claiming it wants to cooperate with Oversight in a way that doesn't jeopardize its confidential informant, but the document is not classified, and it should be able to be viewed by the entire committee without this kind of obfuscation.