EXCLUSIVE: Former Attorney General Calls for Release of FBI Document Alleging Bribery Scheme Involving President Biden
Former Attorney General William Barr is urging current Attorney General Merrick Garland to release an FBI-produced document to Republican lawmakers. The document, known as FD-1023, alleges a criminal bribery scheme involving President Joe Biden. Barr suggests that the release should occur, provided that necessary measures are taken to ensure the safety and security of the confidential human source mentioned in the document.
Barr’s call for the release of the document comes at a time when there is growing concern over the Justice Department’s handling of investigations involving former President Donald Trump and the Biden family. In an exclusive interview with Fox News Digital, Barr expressed his belief that there needs to be equal treatment in the investigations of both Trump and the Bidens.
The public needs to be assured that the two pending investigations about the Bidens – the one about mishandling of classified material and the broader one in Delaware – are being pursued with the same rigor as the case against Trump.
Barr’s assurance is particularly important due to recent reports suggesting attempts to undermine the Delaware investigation into potentially criminal business dealings by Hunter Biden, the president’s son. The investigation, led by U.S. Attorney David Weiss, has been ongoing for nearly four years.
In light of the slow pace of that investigation, these reports are, frankly, very concerning. Chairman Comer and key senators are trying to get to the bottom of this
According to sources familiar with the document, the FD-1023 alleges that Joe Biden received a payment of $5 million as part of a bribery scheme involving an executive from the Ukrainian natural gas firm Burisma Holdings, where his son Hunter Biden sat on the board. The document details multiple meetings and conversations between the confidential human source and the Burisma executive, starting in 2015.
The FBI initially resisted releasing the document and faced a threat of contempt of Congress from Chairman James Comer of the House Oversight Committee. However, the agency eventually allowed the committee to review the document with redactions. House Republicans are now demanding the full release of the document, and Senator Chuck Grassley has said that Congress still lacks a complete understanding of its contents.
Barr believes that given the circumstances, Garland should consider providing Chairman Comer and his Senate supporters with the FD-1023 report, with adequate safeguards in place to protect the confidentiality of the source.
During his tenure as Attorney General, Barr had the FD-1023 document reviewed by U.S. Attorney Scott Brady and his team in Pittsburgh to assess its credibility and relevance. Barr stated that there were no indications of disinformation in the document, leading it to be referred to Trump-appointed U.S. Attorney Weiss in Delaware, who was working on the Hunter Biden probe.
“It’s murky,” Barr told newspress, “but it seems the whistleblower is suggesting someone at FBI headquarters tried to shunt aside the same or similar allegations covered in the 1023.”
Barr acknowledges that the DOJ has a strict policy against sharing raw reports like the FD-1023, but he believes that given the unique situation and the need to address public interest, Garland should decide how much information to disclose. He emphasized the importance of protecting the safety of sources.
Barr also praised the efforts of lawmakers who investigated and exposed the false claims of Russian collusion in 2017 and beyond, stating that allowing them to examine the FD-1023 could be beneficial.
In conclusion, former Attorney General William Barr is pushing for the release of the FBI-produced FD-1023 document, which alleges a bribery scheme involving President Biden. Barr believes that Attorney General Garland should release the document to Republican lawmakers, provided that precautions are taken to protect the confidential source’s safety. The calls for release come amidst concerns over the evenhandedness of the Justice Department’s investigations into Trump and the Bidens. Barr emphasizes the need to treat both cases with equal rigor and urges Garland to address the reports of attempts to undermine the Delaware investigation. The contents of the document allege a $5 million payment to Joe Biden as part of a bribery scheme involving the Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma. Barr calls for transparency while keeping the safety of sources in mind.