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Comer Will Seek Contempt Charge Against Wray Over 'Biden' Files

House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY) said an FBI offer to review a document he subpoenaed has not swayed his plans to hold Director Christopher Wray in contempt of Congress, adding he may release the confidential tip publicly, the Hill reports. Comer issued a subpoena compelling Wray to produce any FD-1023 forms — records of interactions with confidential sources — from June 2020 that contain the word “Biden.” The FBI wrote to the committee Tuesday that it would make an “extraordinary accommodation” to allow the panel to review the forms at agency headquarters. A Wednesday call between Wray and Comer resolved little.


Comer said Wray "did not commit to producing the documents subpoenaed by the House Oversight Committee. While Director Wray — after a month of refusing to even acknowledge that the form existed — has offered to allow us to see the documents in person at FBI headquarters, we have been clear that anything short of producing these documents to the House Oversight Committee is not in compliance with the subpoena... If the FBI fails to hand over the FD-1023 form as required by the subpoena, the House Oversight Committee will begin contempt of Congress proceedings.” Rep. Jamie Raskin (MD), the top Democrat on the panel, said, "Obviously the purpose of requesting the subpoena is to try to get a contempt motion against the FBI director. There’s no other explanation for it, because they’re essentially offering anything that they want." The Tuesday letter from the FBI stressed “concern over the chilling effect that could flow from the wide dissemination of investigative files, to include reduced willingness of confidential human sources to provide valuable reporting.” 

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