GOP Congressman Asks Why DoJ ‘Told Trump He’s Being Indicted’ The Day Congress Showed Biden Document
A Republican congressman has questioned the timing of Donald Trump’s indictment, pointing out that it came on the same day members of the House of Representatives were shown a controversial “bribery document” by Joe Biden.
Jack Smith, the special counsel investigating Trump’s handling of classified documents, has told Trump’s lawyers that the former president will be charged, Trump announced Thursday.
Smith himself has not confirmed the charges.
Trump will reportedly face seven federal charges related to taking classified materials from the White House when he left.
The decision to notify Trump of charges came on the same day members of the House Oversight Committee were given access to an FBI report on a bribery allegation while Biden was vice president.
Byron Donalds, a Florida congressman, said the timing was remarkable.
Jack Smith was appointed special counsel in November to investigate Trump’s handling of classified information
Donalds, 44, is on the House Oversight Committee and was shown the FBI’s “bribery documents” on Thursday.
He tweeted, “On the day members of Congress learn of an FBI document linking then-VP Joe Biden to receiving $5 MILLION from Burisma in a pay-for-play arrangement, Biden’s DOJ announces another false charges against the leading candidate for the GOP presidential nomination, Biden’s likely opponent, and the former POTUS.
“This mafia-like justice system is turning Lady Justice upside down and is the greatest threat to our democracy.
“Stand next to President Trump.”
Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Republican Congresswoman for Georgia who also sits on the House Oversight Committee, echoed Donald’s anger.
“Today I read the FD-1023 form of the FBI’s most trusted informant,” she tweeted.
A detailed description of then-Vice President Joe Biden who was paid $5 million to have Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin fired over Burisma investigations. Hunter was also paid.
Joe Biden has classified documents everywhere. Literally on the garage floor next to the garage door that opens and closes, but the corrupt and complicit FBI and DOJ do nothing.
‘It’s embarrassing. Pathetic actually. Ultimately the greatest hypocrisy in modern history.
A complete and utter failure for the American people. A stain on our country that the FBI and DOJ are so corrupt and don’t even hide it anymore.’
On Wednesday, the FBI “gived” to demands from the House Oversight Committee to release documents alleging Biden was involved in a bribery scheme when he was vice president.
The agreement ended a stalemate that began on May 3, when the FBI director, Christopher Wray, was served with a subpoena to turn over the document.
On Thursday, members of the committee were allowed to start reviewing the document under lock and key in a SCIF (sensitive compartmentalized information facility).
Wray had initially refused to share the unverified document with anyone except the committee’s chairman, James Comer, and leading Democrat, Jamie Raskin.
Comer came out after looking at the document and said it was disturbing: Raskin said it was nothing.
Comer wanted all members of the committee to see the document, unredacted: Wray refused.
On Monday, Comer threatened to scorn him.
But on Wednesday, Comer called off the contempt vote after Wray agreed to allow the full committee access to a redacted file.
FBI Director Christopher Wray had until May 30 to present the document to congressional Republicans: he refused, and James Comer threatened to contempt it in front of Congress. On Wednesday, Wray agreed to allow access to the document
A spokesman for the Oversight Committee said DailyMail.com members will be able to view the document under lock and key in a SCIF (sensitive compartment information facility) starting Thursday.
Comer praised the agreement, crowing that Wray had “gived in” to his demands to view the FD-1023 plate.
The Biden document was written by a longtime FBI source whom both Republicans and Democrats have described as credible.
In it, the source describes an unverified tip he received in 2020 about the business dealings of Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, in Ukraine.
Hunter Biden served on the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian gas company.
After weeks of refusing to even admit that the FD-1023 file exists, the FBI has relented and is now allowing all members of the Oversight and Accountability Committee to view this unclassified file that contains the conversations of a confidential human source memorializes with a foreigner who claimed he bribed then-Vice President Joe Biden.
Americans have lost faith in the FBI’s ability to impartially enforce the law and demand answers, transparency and accountability.
“Allowing all members of the oversight committee to review this file is an important step toward oversight of the FBI and accountability to the American people,” he added.
All committee members can now view a redacted version of a confidential document.
It alleges a $5 million bribery scheme involving then Vice President Joe Biden and a foreigner.
Joe Biden dismissed the allegations as “malarkey” on Thursday.
‘Where’s the money? It’s a joke. It’s a bunch of malarkey,” he said to a shouted question at the end of a press conference at the White House with British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.
The White House said on Wednesday that Comer lacked credibility, saying he has a “repetitive tactic to whitewash flimsy innuendo.”
Last week, the White House said Comer was staging a stunt to appear on Fox News.
Timeline of the classified documents
May 2021: The National Archives realizes data on Trump’s presidency is missing
December 2021: Archive requests the documents from the former president
January 2022: Archive received 15 boxes of material stored at Mar-a-Lago, some of which were found to contain classified materials
February 2022: The case is referred to the Ministry of Justice. Trump’s team is conducting a “dress rehearsal” to prepare for the possibility of a search for the documents
May 2022: After several back-and-forths with Trump’s legal team, the Justice Department is issuing a subpoena for additional records they believe are at the former president’s Florida home
Investigators believe that after that subpoena arrived, storage boxes, including some containing classified materials, were moved from a Mar-a-Lago storage area, so Trump personally examined some of them
June 2, 2022: Walt Nauta and two employees retrieve documents from a storage room. Hours later, Trump’s lawyers contact the DOJ and say they are welcome to visit and retrieve the documents
June 3, 2022: Three FBI agents and a DOJ attorney go to Mar-a-Lago to retrieve the additional material. They were given a single Redweld envelope, double-wrapped with tape, containing the documents, according to later court documents. That envelope contained 38 records with classification marks, including five documents marked confidential, 16 marked secret, and 17 marked top secret
August 2022: DOJ applied for a search warrant for Mar-a-Lago, citing “probable cause” that additional presidential documents and documents containing classified information were left at Trump’s Florida home. Court documents show that the original search warrant application showed officers believed “evidence of obstruction will be found at the property”
August 8, 2022: FBI agents raid Mar-a-Lago: They recover 18 documents marked top secret, 54 marked secret, 31 marked confidential, and 11,179 government documents or photos that had no classification marks
November 18, 2022: Merrick Garland, the Attorney General, announces that he has appointed special counsel to investigate the handling of the classified documents – Jack Smith
June 8, 2023: Donald Trump says he was charged on federal charges over the classified information