Headline RoundupMay 31st, 2023

FBI Director Confirms Existence of Doc Detailing Biden Corruption Allegation

Summary from the AllSides News Team

FBI Director Christopher Wray and House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer (R-KY) spoke Wednesday regarding allegations that President Joe Biden was involved in a bribery scheme. 

Details: The Oversight Committee is pressuring the FBI to turn over a document detailing a whistleblower allegation that then-Vice President Biden accepted money from a foreign national in exchange for favorable policy decisions. The form in question is an FD-1023 form, which is typically used to log information unverified by the FBI. The FBI has resisted requests and subpoenas from the committee, leading Comer to threaten to hold Wray in contempt of Congress. During the discussion Wednesday, Wray offered to let Comer view the document, but declined handing it over to the committee, citing national security concerns. 

Key Quotes: Following the talks, Comer stated, “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.” Addressing the allegations, White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby stated, “The president has spoken to this. And there’s nothing to these claims.”

How The Media Covered It: The New York Post (Lean Right bias) highlighted that Wednesday’s call confirms the existence of the document detailed claims by the whistleblower. CNN (Lean Left bias) and NewsNation (Center bias) highlighted that FD-1023 documents typically contain unverified information.

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