The FBI obtained information from more than 40 confidential sources on potential criminal matters related to Joe Biden, his brother, James, and son, Hunter, according to Republican Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley.
Grassley wrote a letter Tuesday night to Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray and said the FBI sources “provided criminal information to the FBI relating to Joe Biden, James Biden, and Hunter Biden,” Fox News first reported. (RELATED: Ukrainian Firm Tied To Hunter Planned Meetings With DC Lawmakers After Joe Biden Got Prosecutor Fired, Memo Shows)
READ THE LETTER:
“This letter is based on years of investigation, including the provision of information, records, and allegations from multiple Justice Department whistleblowers that indicate there is — and has been — an effort among certain Justice Department and FBI officials to improperly delay and stop full and complete investigative activity into the Biden family, including but not limited to FD-1023s referencing the Biden family,” Grassley wrote.
“As just one initial example, I’ve been made aware that at one point in time, the FBI maintained over 40 Confidential Human Sources that provided criminal information relating to Joe Biden, James Biden, and Hunter Biden,” he added.
In addition, an FBI task force shut down reporting and information from the confidential sources, causing investigative activity to come to a halt, Grassley found.
“According to information provided to my office, the Foreign Influence Task Force attempted to shut down that reporting by falsely saying it was subject to foreign disinformation,” Grassley said.
For example, the task force apparently attempted to shut down an investigation into an FBI FD-1023 form alleging that Joe Biden and Hunter Biden received $5 million each from Ukrainian oligarch Mykola Zlochevsky to have Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin fired, according to Grassley. (RELATED: ‘He Was A Threat’: Devon Archer Says Ukrainian Prosecutor Joe Biden Got Fired Was Going After Burisma’s Business)
“In February 2020, a meeting took place at the FBI Pittsburgh Field Office with FBI HQ elements. That meeting involved discussion about investigative matters relating to the Hunter Biden investigation and related inquiries, which most likely would’ve included the case against Zlochevsky,” Grassley asserted.
“Then, in March 2020 and at the request of the Justice Department, a ‘Guardian’ Assessment was opened out of the Pittsburgh Field Office to analyze information provided by Rudy Giuliani,” he continued. He also mentioned a later assessment by an FBI agent that was allegedly used to discredit the bribery allegations.
“In August 2020, and possibly earlier, Supervisory Intelligence Analyst Brian Auten opened the aforementioned assessment, which was used by the Foreign Influence Task Force to seek out CHS holdings at FBI Field Offices across the country relating to the Biden family and falsely discredit them as foreign disinformation,” he added.
However, the FD-1023 information was not provided by Giuliani, and instead it was given to the FBI by a highly credible confidential human source, Grassley asserted.
Zlochevsky, the founder of Ukrainian energy firm Burisma Holdings, had been the subject of an FBI investigation related to kleptocracy from January 2016 to December 2019, Grassley said, after former President Donald Trump began to bring attention to Hunter Biden’s relationship with Burisma during his 2020 presidential campaign.
The confidential human source behind the FD-1023 containing the bribery allegations previously provided the FBI in March 2017 with an FD-1023 about Zlochevsky for the prior investigation, Grassley said. The source was interviewed by his FBI agent handler after there was “a fight for a month” to secure the interview required to create the Biden family FD-1023 in June 2020, Grassley found.
“Accordingly, claims that the Biden family 1023 was part of the information provided by Giuliani are incorrect. The information in the Biden family 1023 was obtained separate from Giuliani from a long-standing, high-paid FBI CHS who’s been used in other investigative matters by the FBI, as the Zlochevsky case illustrates,” Grassley wrote.
In September 2020, the FBI task force communicated with the confidential source’s handling FBI agent and attempted to shut down the FD-1023, according to Grassley.
“According to information provided to my office, the Foreign Influence Task Force attempted to shut down that reporting by falsely saying it was subject to foreign disinformation. It should be emphasized that the basis for trying to shut down the Biden family 1023 has been described to my office as highly suspect and is contradicted by other documents my office has been told exist within the Foreign Influence Task Force, FBI Seattle Field Office, FBI Baltimore Field Office, and FBI HQ holdings,” Grassley said.
Grassley’s letter concludes with a request for records related to his allegations and his plan to conduct interviews with 25 Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI personnel who played a direct or indirect role in the allegations Grassley described. He released the letter and summarized its contents in a Wednesday night press release.
Burisma paid Hunter Biden more than $80,000 per month as a member of the company’s board, even though Hunter Biden had no prior experience with the energy sector or Ukraine, bank records released by the House Oversight Committee show.
Then-Vice President Joe Biden dined with Burisma executive Vadim Pozharskyi in spring 2015. Hunter Biden’s former business associate and former Burisma board member Devon Archer testified to the Oversight Committee in July 2023. Archer also recalled Joe Biden speaking with his son’s foreign business associates on roughly 20 occasions and he said the Biden family “brand” protected Burisma from scrutiny.
An email from Hunter Biden’s laptop archive confirms Pozharskyi met with Joe Biden and demonstrated his enthusiasm about the encounter. (RELATED: FBI Knew New York Post’s Hunter Biden Laptop Story Was Real Ahead Of 2020 Election, FBI Form Shows)
“Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent [sic] some time together. It’s realty [sic] an honor and pleasure,” Pozharskyi emailed Hunter Biden on April 17, 2015.
The Biden family and its business associates brought in more than $24 million from Ukraine, Russia, China, Romania, and Kazakhstan, according to a House memo released prior to the first impeachment inquiry hearing into Joe Biden.
The FBI declined to comment and referred the Daily Caller to special counsel David Weiss, who is leading the ongoing DOJ investigation into Hunter Biden’s taxes.
IRS whistleblowers Gary Shapley and Joseph Ziegler have accused the DOJ of giving Hunter Biden special treatment when Weiss led the investigation as Delaware U.S. Attorney, his current position with the DOJ.
Weiss’ office was briefed on the Biden family FD-1023 in October 2020 and Weiss received a report from then-U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania Scott Brady, who vetted the document and found “no hits to known sources of Russian disinformation,” according to Grassley.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Lesley Wolf was briefed on the contents of the Biden family FD-1023, Grassley said in his letter. Shapley and Ziegler have accused Wolf of covering for Joe Biden and Hunter Biden by stonewalling search warrants and tipping off Hunter Biden’s legal team.
Wolf’s briefing is confirmed by a document released by the House Ways and Means Committee in September included in a trove of documents supporting the IRS whistleblower testimony before the committee.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment by the time of publication. Joe Biden called the FD-1023 form’s bribery allegations “malarkey” in June before the FD-1023 form was released to the public.
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