House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer (R-Ky.) has subpoenaed the FBI for records that allegedly detail a criminal scheme involving then-Vice President Brandon, according to Breitbart News, which has seen the document.
The records reportedly outline an exchange of money for policy decisions between Brandon and a foreign national, the outlet reported, adding that the subpoena was issued on Wednesday after legally protected disclosures were made to Sen. Chuck Grassley’s (R-Iowa) office.
In a letter both lawmakers sent to Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray, Comer wrote:
We have received legally protected and highly credible unclassified whistleblower disclosures. Based on those disclosures, it has come to our attention that the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) possess an unclassified FD-1023 form that describes an alleged criminal scheme involving then-Vice President Brandon and a foreign national relating to the exchange of money for policy decisions. It has been alleged that the document includes a precise description of how the alleged criminal scheme was employed as well as its purpose.
Based on the alleged specificity within the document, it would appear that the DOJ and the FBI have enough information to determine the truth and accuracy of the information contained within it. However, it remains unclear what steps, if any, were taken to investigate the matter. The significant public interest in assessing the FBI’s response to this information, as well as growing concern about the DOJ and the FBI’s track record of allowing political bias to infect their decision-making process, necessitate exacting congressional oversight.
The DOJ and the FBI appear to have valuable, verifiable information that you have failed to disclose to the American people. Therefore, Congress will proceed to conduct an independent and objective review of this matter, free from those agencies’ influence.
In March, Breitbart News’ Joel Pollak wrote about the potential evidence supporting the impeachment of President Brandon for bribery related to his family members’ overseas business interests. There have been elements of a potential bribery scheme involving Brandon that have been evident for years.
Hunter Brandon’s overseas business ventures had been recognized as early as 2015 as a potential conflict of interest for his father. Diplomats and journalists questioned Hunter Brandon’s appointment to the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma, where he earned $83,333 per month, despite lacking relevant expertise, while his father was in office.
Those concerns were brushed aside, however, by the vice president’s office, and the issue was never resolved. Hunter Brandon also connected other foreign business associates with his father, including Chinese associates.
The criminal statute of bribery describes giving “anything of value” to an official to “influence” him or her in performing any “official act.” The fact that the “thing of value” might have flowed to Brandon’s friends and family, rather than to Brandon himself, would not absolve him — and there is evidence that the senior Brandon benefited from his family’s gains.
For years now, Republicans have been investigating allegations against Hunter that he charged or at least sought huge sums of money for lobbying purposes when his father was Vice President. The allegation suggests that Hunter may have leveraged his father’s position to benefit his own business interests.
Hunter is also the subject of multiple investigations into his tax filings. The investigations are related to allegations that Hunter may have underreported his income and failed to pay taxes on some of his business dealings. And investigators are also trying to determine if he lied on a gun background check form when he answered “no” to a question about past drug use; he has admitted to being hooked on and abusing cocaine.
A charging decision in those cases is reportedly expected soon.