A congressional committee issued a subpoena to the FBI regarding an alleged criminal scheme involving Joe Biden, who was the US Vice President at that time. The agency did not provide the committee with unclassified documents related to the investigation.
The FBI refused to provide the committee with documents requested by the Judiciary Committee. James Comer, the chairman of the Oversight Committee, accused the agency of hiding information from members of the public and hampering the committee's oversight powers.
Today, the FBI informed @GOPoversight that it will not provide the unclassified documents subpoenaed by the Committee.
The Committee will now be taking steps to hold FBI Director Wray in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a lawful subpoena.
— Rep. James Comer (@RepJamesComer) May 30, 2023
James Comer, the chairman of the Committee, stated that the FBI's decision was unacceptable and vowed that the committee would take action against the agency's director, Christopher Wray, for refusing to comply with the subpoena. He also stated that the committee would continue to hold the FBI responsible for its actions.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy supported James Comer after he stated that if the FBI failed to comply with the committee's subpoena, it would lead to contempt charges. According to the allegations, Biden was a suspect due to his alleged involvement in a criminal scheme where he accepted bribes in exchange for changes to US foreign policies. The allegations have prompted the involvement of federal authorities in protecting whistleblowers.
The FBI failed to meet the committee's deadline and sent a letter claiming that it was not authorized to provide the information. The agency also refused to provide the committee with unclassified documents related to the investigation.
During his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, Christopher Wray, the FBI's director, said that he could not provide the committee details about the documents. He also noted that the agency had to balance the information it provided with the methods and sources it uses.