Rep. James Comer (R-KY) is pursuing a contempt charge against FBI Director Christopher Wray for not handing over a document GOP leaders view as central to a probe into financial dealings of President Biden and his family, even after bureau officials provided lawmakers with access in a closed-door briefing, reports the Wall Street Journal. After the more-than-hourlong session in a secured facility at the Capitol, Comer said Monday he would initiate contempt proceedings on Thursday because the FBI “again refused to hand over the unclassified record to the custody of the House Oversight Committee.” Republican lawmakers say the FBI material contains allegations that Biden engaged in a bribery scheme with a foreign national during his vice presidency. The FBI says such recording of information doesn’t establish its credibility. Comer said FBI officials confirmed that the information in the document was being used in a continuing criminal investigation. Comer said the information in the document came from a “trusted, highly credible” confidential source who has been paid “over six figures” in 10 years as an FBI informant. Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) said the Justice Department reviewed the information in 2020 and found no grounds for pursuing the case. He said Comer is recycling “conspiracy theories long peddled by Rudy Giuliani” as part of a smear campaign to damage President Biden and buoy Trump’s presidential campaign.
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