White House NSC spox Kirby had 'nothing to say' in response to alleged criminal bribery scheme involving then-VP Biden

 May 6, 2023

It was shockingly alleged this week by Republican lawmakers that the FBI possesses documented evidence of a bribery scheme involving then-Vice President Joe Biden and a foreign national in an exchange of money for certain policy decisions.

Yet, when asked by a reporter about that "alleged criminal scheme" involving the president, White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby literally offered "nothing" as his response, the New York Post reported.

"I have nothing for you"

During Thursday's press briefing, NSC spokesman Kirby took a handful of questions from the press pool and was asked about a subpoena that had been issued a day earlier by the House Oversight Committee in regard to an alleged bribery scheme involving then-Vice President Biden.

"It’s seeking an FBI document from 2020 that, quote, 'describes an alleged criminal scheme involving then-Vice President Biden and a foreign national relating to the exchange of money for policy decisions,'" the reporter said, and asked, "What’s the White House’s response to this serious corruption allegation?"

"I’m going to have to refer you to the Justice Department on that. I have nothing for you on that today," Kirby said in reply.

Asked if he could at least disclose the particular foreign country or policy decision at the center of the allegation, Kirby reiterated, "I have nothing for you, sir. I’m going to have to refer you to the Justice Department," then added with a laugh in reference to White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre signaling an end to his portion of the briefing, "And I’m getting the hook. See ya."

GOP lawmakers alleged criminal Biden bribery scheme with foreign national

In a Wednesday press release, House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY) was joined by Senate Budget Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-IA), an advocate for whistleblowers, in demanding the FBI produce an alleged document in its possession that detailed a supposed criminal bribery scheme involving then-VP Biden and a foreign national.

"We believe the FBI possesses an unclassified internal document that includes very serious and detailed allegations implicating the current President of the United States," Sen. Grassley said in a statement. "What we don’t know is what, if anything, the FBI has done to verify these claims or investigate further. The FBI’s recent history of botching politically charged investigations demands close congressional oversight."

Rep. Comer said, "The information provided by a whistleblower raises concerns that then-Vice President Biden allegedly engaged in a bribery scheme with a foreign national. The American people need to know if President Biden sold out the United States of America to make money for himself. Senator Grassley and I will seek the truth to ensure accountability for the American people."

Demand letter and subpoena issued

A letter from Comer and Grassley was sent that same day to Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray about "legally protected and highly credible unclassified whistleblower disclosures" they had recently received.

"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 Biden and a foreign national relating to the exchange of money for policy decisions," the lawmakers continued. "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 letter stated. "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," Comer and Grassley added. "Transparency brings accountability."

Along with that letter from Comer and Grassley came a subpoena from the Oversight Committee for FBI Director Wray that set a deadline of May 10 for him to turn over "All FD-1023 forms, including within any open, closed, or restricted access case files, created or modified in June 2020, containing the term 'Biden,' including all accompanying attachments and documents to those FD-1023 forms."

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