The subpoena, issued earlier this month, called on the FBI to send over an informant file detailing an "alleged criminal scheme involving then-Vice President Biden and a foreign national relating to the exchange of money for policy decisions." The amount allegedly discussed in the document outlining the bribe was $5 million.
During the phone call between Comer, Sen. Chuck Grassley, and Wray on Wednesday, the FBI director offered to show the Committee the document in question, but only under controlled circumstances at the agency's headquarters. Comer rejected the proposition and reiterated that anything less than what was originally asked for would be seen as a violation of the subpoena.
"Today, FBI Director Wray confirmed the existence of the FD-1023 form alleging then-Vice President Biden engaged in a criminal bribery scheme with a foreign national," Comer said in a statement. "However, Director Wray did not commit to producing the documents subpoenaed by the House Oversight Committee."
Comer went on to explain that while Wray "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."
"This failure comes with consequences," Grassley added, accusing the FBI of treating Congress "like second class citizens."
As Fox News reports, the FBI replied with a statement of its own, explaining that Wray had "offered to provide the Committee’s Chairman and Ranking Member an opportunity to review information responsive to the subpoena in a secure manner to accommodate the committee, while protecting the confidentiality and safety of sources and important investigative sensitives."
The agency stated that it "remains committed to cooperating with the Committee in good faith."
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