Congress probing if FBI used ‘Russian disinformation’ claim to shut down Biden inquiries

FBI produced an intel analysis that lawmakers believe it dubious that suggested Biden family allegations during the 2020 election were Russian disinformation.

The FBI travels to Capitol Hill on Monday to show House Oversight and Accountability Committee Chairman James Comer a confidential informant memo from summer 2020 alleging that Joe Biden was involved in a foreign bribery scheme, but the contents won’t be a surprise to Republicans. Both Comer and Sen. Chuck Grassley have already read the memo.

The larger question for Teams Comer and Grassley is whether the FBI sidelined the allegation of a $5 million bribery involving U.S. policy – which came from a confidential human source with a trusted track record – during the height of the 2020 election.

Congressional investigators have gathered substantial evidence that a dubious intelligence analysis inside the bureau was used to shut down several other avenues of investigation in the Biden family corruption probe ahead of the presidential election, including in the FBI’s Washington field office. It also was used to thwart a Senate probe led by Sens. Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ron Johnson, R-Wis.

Grassley actually divulged the dubious Russian disinformation analysis and its impact on Biden-related probes inside the FBI during February 2023 testimony to a House committee, though that angle did not get much public attention.

“Whistleblowers approached my office with allegations that the FBI created an assessment in August 2020 – the same month that the FBI briefed me and Senator Johnson,” Grassley testified at the time. “According to these whistleblowers, that assessment was used by FBI Headquarters to improperly discredit negative Hunter Biden information as disinformation. This scheme allegedly caused investigative activity to entirely cease.”

Hunter Biden is the son of President Joe Biden.


Congressional investigators say they now want to know whether the Joe Biden bribery information allegation – contained in a FD-1023 informant report – also was sidelined by the Russian disinformation analysis.

That makes Monday’s briefing by the FBI to Congress all the more important since lawmakers will be able to probe how the bribery allegations were handled.

Grassley has pointed out another peculiarity during the 2020 election: FBI brass took the Biden family allegations and the assessment of their credibility and stored them in a restricted database that kept them from being seen by many agents and analysts.

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