Matt Boose
May 30, 2023

Republican James Comer to discuss Biden 'criminal scheme' memo with FBI director

Republicans are warning the FBI to comply with oversight requests for a secret memo describing a "criminal scheme" involving the Biden family. 

The top Republican investigator into the Biden family's influence peddling, James Comer (Ky.), is expected to have a stern talk about the hidden document with FBI boss Christopher Wray over the phone on Wednesday.

The memo allegedly describes Biden changing policy during his vice presidency in response to foreign lobbying. Republicans say they were alerted of the memo's existence by an FBI whistleblower.

Biden's crime?

Republicans have repeatedly said influence peddling by the Biden family may have compromised national security, but until now, they have been unable to point to a specific quid pro quo.

Despite repeated admonitions from Republicans, the FBI has failed to hand over the document. Comer has warned he will pursue contempt proceedings if it isn't released by May 30.

The FBI has vaguely asserted that sharing the information would compromise national security.

"The FBI's mission is to protect the American people. Releasing confidential source information could potentially jeopardize investigations and put lives at risk," the FBI said.

FBI blowing raspberries

The FBI has long been accused of protecting Hunter Biden, whose exploits were covered up before the 2020 election in a coordinated disinformation campaign.

The memo Comer is seeking was allegedly created in June 2020.

Republicans have slammed the FBI for ignoring oversight from Congress, which unlike the FBI is an independent branch of government that is accountable to the people.

Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Ca.) seconded Comer's contempt threat Tuesday morning as the deadline neared.

"Today is the deadline. So let me not just tell you, let me tell Director Christopher Wray right here, right now. If he misses the deadline today, I’m prepared to move contempt charges in Congress against him. We have jurisdiction over this.”

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