Biden Bribery Allegations Came From Credible FBI Source Used In Other Investigations, Former Prosecutor Confirms

A confidential source (CHS) who previously worked with the FBI provided bribery allegations surrounding President Joe Biden and former prosecutor Hunter Biden, who reviewed the allegations confirmed to the House Judiciary Committee.

Scott Brady, a former U.S. attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, in October filed a lawsuit against the FBI that included allegations that Joe Biden and Hunter Biden each received $5 million from Ukrainian oligarch Mykola Zlochevsky. Testified before the House Judiciary Committee regarding the origin of document FD-1023. A transcript of his testimony reviewed by the Daily Caller. (Related: FBI suspects cover-up of accusations against Biden family by calling them ‘foreign disinformation,’ discovered by Sen Grassley)

“Well, again, in terms of the privileges that come with this, during the course of the investigation, we learned of the existence of a confidential human source. And since 1023 is public, I’m not sure about that. We can talk,” Brady said. Transcript.

Republican Iowa State Senator Chuck Grassley made the announcement. Full FD-1023 He produced the document in July after receiving a copy of it from a Justice Department whistleblower.

“Confidential sources in the previous 1023 identified an exchange with a Ukrainian that mentioned Hunter Biden, who was on the board of Burisma, although that was not the focus of the 1023 several years ago,” Brady said. He continued. . (Related: FBI received ‘incriminating information’ about Joe and Hunter Biden from more than 40 confidential sources, Sen Grassley finds)

“At my direction, we asked the FBI to re-interview CHS. And again, in the previous 1023, the information provided to the FBI was not really the focus. It was just one word. So we said, ‘Can we re-interview him or her because we need to understand what this is and what it’s not?’ And they did that. and the result was 1023 for January 2020,” he said.

Brady also cited the sensitivity of the bribery allegations and the FBI’s reluctance to pursue them, citing Hunter Biden’s role as a director of Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian energy company founded by Zlochevsky. talked about the suspicions.

Hunter Biden reportedly earned more than $80,000 a month from his position on Burisma’s board of directors. bank records He was announced by the House Oversight Committee in August despite his lack of experience in the energy industry or Ukraine.

“Yeah, so we probably identified the previous 1023 people in early June and then we contacted CHS again and had some communication with the FBI about doing a full interview on the line that mentioned Hunter Biden and Burisma. But it took time,” Brady testified.

“I think the FBI was concerned about the sensitivity of that information and the fact that important confidential sources who had provided information to the FBI in the past were used in other investigations. CHS,” he added.

“Certainly, anything related to Ukraine and Ukrainian citizens involving Hunter Biden and his role on the Burisma board is sensitive, and in 2020, an election cycle that will trigger different policies for the State Department and the FBI. It definitely happened a few months ago,” Brady said. .

Because Mr. Brady was responsible for handling intelligence related to Ukraine, he was tasked with investigating the suspicions surrounding FD-1023. He said he determined the bribery charges were sufficiently credible to warrant further investigation.

“What we were able to identify, we found that it was consistent. So this 1,023 case has enough credibility to pass it on to the authorities presuming a grand jury investigation.” We felt there was evidence,” Brady said. He could not discuss details of how his office reviewed the allegations contained in the FD-1023 form.

Sen. Grassley also discovered that Biden’s bribery charges were provided to the FBI by a trusted confidential source who has worked with the FBI in the past.

“Thus, the claim that the Biden family 1023 was part of the information provided is [Rudy] Giuliani is wrong. “Information on Biden Family 1023 was obtained from well-paid, long-serving FBI CHS members who, as the Zlochevsky case shows, have been used in other FBI investigations, separate from Giuliani,” Grassley said Tuesday. I wrote this. letter Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray.

Read the letter:

Brady acknowledged that Mr. Giuliani had provided information to authorities related to corruption allegations in Ukraine, but not about Mr. Biden’s bribery allegations.

“But we have made it clear that some of the information, including this 1023, did not come from Mr. Giuliani,” Brady said, referring to communications with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware regarding Mr. Biden’s bribery allegations. .

“[T]hat has already been passed down to them [Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss’] Officials added that the 1023 came from CHS, a trusted source with a history of dealings with the FBI, and was not derived from information from Mr. Giuliani.

Joe Biden dismissed the bribery allegations as “fraudulent” in June, before Grassley released his FD-1023 form. Devon Archer, a former business associate of Hunter Biden, testified In July, Joe Biden met with his son’s overseas business associates about 20 times and said the Biden family’s “brand” protects Burisma.

Archer testified about a spring 2015 dinner that then-Vice President Biden attended with Burisma executive Vadim Pozharskiy.Ann Email Hunter Biden’s laptop confirmed that Pozharskiy met with Joe Biden in April 2015.

new york times report In December 2020, Giuliani announced that information he provided to Brady and the FBI led to Brady’s investigation into Hunter Biden, citing interviews with anonymous officials. The article does not mention his FBI FD-1023, which includes confidential sources and bribery allegations.

In August, Garland appointed special prosecutor David Weiss, the U.S. attorney for the District of Delaware, to continue the Justice Department’s ongoing investigation into Hunter Biden’s taxes and firearms possession.

Weiss became special counsel after Hunter Biden’s guilty plea deal fell apart and two IRS whistleblowers accused the Justice Department of giving his eldest son special treatment under Weiss’ watch.

The FBI previously referred the Daily Caller to Special Counsel Weiss, who declined to comment on the case.

Henry Rogers contributed to this report.

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