House Representative and Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has expressed newfound optimism that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will finally yield to congressional demands to surrender an informant file.
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After speaking with FBI Director Christopher Wray over the phone last Friday, McCarthy expressed his confidence that the file would soon be handed over to Congress.
During an interview with Fox News’s Maria Bartiromo, McCarthy stressed the role of Congress, stating, “I wanted to be very clear with the FBI director that Congress has a right and we have the jurisdiction to oversee the FBI.” He explained.
“This is one piece of paper that a chairman of a committee has requested to see.”
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FBI served with a subpoena
Earlier in the month, the House Oversight Committee served the FBI with a subpoena, seeking this controversial file. The file supposedly ties President Biden to a “criminal” quid pro quo arrangement.
Despite this, the FBI declined to deliver the file, responding to the demand with a six-page letter enumerating several issues.
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Comer pressed the FBI to release file to Congress
Last Friday, James Comer (R-Ky.), chairman of the committee, once again pressed the bureau to release the file to Congress, dismissing its assertion that its contents were already publicly known.
Two days after this, McCarthy conveyed that he had successfully convinced Wray of the necessity to surrender the document.
We have ‘the right to see this document’ – McCarthy
During a Fox News broadcast, McCarthy stressed, “I explained to the director that we will do everything in our power and we have the jurisdiction over the FBI and we have the right to see this document. I believe after this call; we will get this document.”
The FBI had been instructed to hand over the document by noon on May 10. As it stands, the bureau has already exceeded this deadline by over a week.
FBI reportedly ignored the subpoena
Ignoring the subpoena, the FBI had contended that it had to protect its sources and that the information in the file was already available to the public.
The FBI pointed out that “contemporaneous public materials cite prior letters and public releases that suggest a significant amount of information is already available.”
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Comer rejects FBI’s claim
However, Comer rejected this claim, stating that the core information contained within the file, reportedly made or altered in June 2020, hadn’t been “provided in any of the materials cited by the FBI or publicly reported.”
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) was notified of the existence of the informant file by a whistleblower. Grassley then brought the matter to the attention of Comer.
An FBI spokesperson previously clarified to The New York Post that the assertions contained in the file haven’t been confirmed.
FBI comments on assertions about the file
In their words, “An FD-1023 form is used by FBI agents to record unverified reporting by a confidential human source. Documenting the information does not validate it, establish its credibility, or weigh it against other information verified by the FBI.”
The representative added, “Revealing unverified or possibly incomplete information could harm investigations, prejudice prosecutions or judicial proceedings, unfairly violate privacy or reputations, create misimpressions in the public, or potentially identify individuals who provide information to law enforcement, placing their physical safety at risk.”
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