On Capitol Hill, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Congressman James Comer (R-KY) are leading the way for a serious showdown with FBI Director Christopher Wray.
If the FBI does not turn over the unclassified FD-1023 that delineates the alleged $5 million bribe to Joe Biden, House Oversight and Accountability Chairman Comer will file congressional contempt charges against Wray and move for a congressional vote on Thursday.
Grassley took to the Senate floor on Tuesday with more details about the FBI source who had alleged as early as 2017 that then Vice-President Joe Biden partook in a $5 million scheme involving Ukraine.
In his speech, Grassley stated that the FBI source has received numerous validations, operated during Obama administration, and was paid $200,000 by the FBI, concluding for those high figures, the source had to be “credible and reputable.”
The version of the informant’s report, known as the FD-1023, which Wray showed Comer on Monday had about 10% of information redacted and made clear the allegations were first reported to the FBI back in 2017 as Donald Trump was beginning his term as president.
Biden made several international trips during his last month as Vice-President, including one to Ukraine.
“This form 1023 involves a business person from Ukraine, who allegedly sent a bribe, a substantial bribe to then Vice President Joe Biden,” stated Comer.
“The name was redacted.”
The FBI informant provided the allegations to the FBI initially in 2017, then later and once again, in a June 2020 informant report.
Comer said markings on the document he was shown – including footnotes – made clear the informant first provided the bribery allegations to the FBI in 2017 and then again one more time before he raised them a third time in the June 2020 informant report
“This first started in 2017,” Comer said. “There are two notes, or footnotes, whatever you want to call them. They listed them as notes. I will say footnotes for better explanation, that reference 2017. And it was either 2018 or 2019. So this wasn't the first time that the informant had mentioned a bribery scheme pertaining to Joe Biden to the FBI.
Democratic critics are now pushing that the allegations are old, disproven or tied to Rudy Giuliani’s efforts investigating the Bidens’ Ukraine relationships that led to Trump’s first impeachment in 2019.
“Partisan media, most likely in conjunction with the Biden FBI, have misleadingly reported the 1023 is from a tranche of information provided by Rudy Giuliani. News reports last week dispel that notion and make clear the 1023 information that we request is independent of Giuliani,” Grassley stated on the Senate floor.
“Those news reports also show that the source who formed the basis of the 1023 is a long-serving FBI source. The source reportedly received numerous validations from the FBI. The source reportedly operated even during the Obama administration. Based on what I’ve been told about yesterday’s meeting, the FBI didn’t contradict these findings,” added Grassley.
“Today, I can say that based upon unclassified and legally protected whistleblower disclosures the FBI source in the 1023 has been paid at least two-hundred thousand dollars by the FBI since the source was opened and operational,” Grassley noted. “High dollar payments obviously mean the FBI believes the source to be credible and reputable.”
The next question is - who is the payor?
Could it be Ukrainian oligarch Mykola Zlochevsky, whose Burisma Holdings first hired Hunter Biden in 2014 when Joe Biden was vice president. Zlochevsky is reportedly living in Monaco.
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