This story was originally published by the WND News Center.
One of the bigger fights going on in Washington right now is the refusal by the FBI to turn over a document subpoenaed by members of Congress.
The routine form contains information about a $5 million bribe to Joe Biden in return for policy decisions that would favor the foreign interest making the payment, and possibly other Biden family corruption.
Its existence was revealed by a whistleblower, to Congress, where members are demanding the FBI hand it over. The bureau has refused, only allowing a few members to "see" the document in a secure setting.
One of those members, far-left U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., was among those viewing the allegations and explained it all away easily.
He said, after the viewing, "What I learned was that Attorney General Barr named Scott Brady, who was the U.S. attorney for Western Pennsylvania, to head up a group of prosecutors who would look into all the allegations related to Ukraine."
He continued, "After Rudy Giuliani surfaced these allegations," the team investigated the FBI's FD-1023 document and "determined that there were no grounds to escalate from an initial assessment to a preliminary investigation," and so "they called an end to the investigation."
A new report in The Federalist confirms Raskin then repeated his claims.
He said it was Attorney General Bill Barr and Brady, a Trump appointee, "were the ones who decided" the halt the investigation.
"If there is a complaint, it is with Attorney General William Barr, the Trump Justice Department, and the team that the Trump administration appointed to look into it," he reiterated.
Only, The Federalist Report revealed, it was a lie.
In an interview with the publication, Barr said, "It’s not true. It wasn’t closed down."
Barr explained, "On the contrary, it was sent to Delaware for further investigation."
The report explained Barr went on the record after Raskin made his claims about the closed-door meeting with House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer and the FBI. It was there that the FBI form was viewed that documented a report from a trusted "confidential human source" "that then-Vice President Joe Biden agreed to accept money from a foreign national to affect policy decisions," the report said.
The report noted that was "just one of Raskin's deceptions."
It explained, "The ranking member of the House Oversight Committee also falsely suggested the CHS’s allegations were related to the investigation of information Rudy Giuliani had unearthed of the Biden family corruption in Ukraine."
Another individual familiar with the investigation told The Federalist the CHS and the resulting FD-1023 document were "unrelated to Rudy Giuliani" and not related to any information Giuliani provided.
The Federalist explained, "These new revelations prove significant for two reasons. First, there’s the underlying scandal of the FBI’s alleged failure to investigate the FD-1023 and FBI Supervisory Intelligence Analyst Brian Auten’s opening of an assessment in August 2020 to discredit that information, which 'caused investigative activity to cease.'"
Further, how could agents further investigate, as the whistleblower said the details were placed in a restricted-access file?
Comer, R-Ky., who also viewed the FBI document, said the problem was even worse than thought.
"A trusted confidential human source obtained information from a foreign national who claimed to have bribed then-Vice President Biden," he said.
The Federalist said, "So the CHS didn’t just pass on information from some random third party: He spoke directly with the individual who claimed to have bribed Biden."
"The more the FBI leak and coverup machine spins for President Biden, the worse the bureau looks," Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said in an interview with The Federalist. "Enough is enough. It’s past time for the FBI to come clean and show their work if they have any hope of salvaging their own credibility."