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House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., warned Monday he will hit FBI Director Christopher Wray with a contempt charge if he misses a subpoena deadline to turn over a classified document showing President Joe Biden’s alleged involvement in a $5 million bribery scheme.
In an interview, McCarthy declared “we have jurisdiction over the FBI, they seem to act like we do not,” transcript of the remarks to Fox News showed.
“I personally called Director Wray and told him to send the document, today is the deadline,” McCarthy asserted.
“Let me [say], Christopher Wray, right here, right now, I will move contempt charges against him,” he said. “He can send the document. We have a right to look at that, Republicans and Democrats alike. If he does not follow through with the law, we will move contempt charges against Christopher Wray. They are not above the law.”
House Oversight Committee chair Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., has said an informant file he is seeking from the FBI links Biden to a $5 million bribery scheme while he was vice president. The informant tip is dated June 30, 2020.
Staff for Comer, who is leading the investigation into “influence-peddling” by the first family, met with bureau officials one week ago who refused to hand over the file, according to the New York Post.
Comer at that time had narrowed the scope of the subpoena to include the terms “June 30, 2020” and “five million,” the news outlet noted.
According to the Washington Times, Comer and Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, will speak to the FBI director by phone Wednesday.
The Oversight Committee has not confirmed the country where Biden allegedly accepted the bribe as vice president; the New York Post previously reported the allegation is not believed to deal with China, where the Biden family had two lucrative ventures.
McCarthy, pressed Monday on the bribery document issue — and whether Wray reportedly called the document unverified and speculative — said he had “a conversation” with Wray.
“I’m part of the Gang of Eight,” McCarthy said, according to transcript. “I told him he could redact names and others and we wouldn’t know method.”
But McCarthy insisted: “We have a right to see it. He does not have a right to choose what he shows us. We oversee the FBI. If he thinks differently, there will be a contempt charge.”
“There is enough problems in the FBI, and I will not sit back and allow him to ignore this,” McCarthy continued. “We will get this document. He has not denied the document is not there. He knows there is a document, and we have a responsibility to see it.”
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