Former Attorney General William Barr has suggested that Attorney General Merrick Garland should release the FBI-produced FD-1023 document, which alleges a criminal bribery scheme involving President Joe Biden, to Republican lawmakers. However, Barr emphasized that necessary measures must be taken to protect the safety and confidentiality of the sources mentioned in the document.
Barr’s suggestion comes in the midst of concerns regarding the Justice Department’s perceived lack of even-handedness in its investigations of former President Donald Trump and the Biden family.
In an exclusive interview with Fox News Digital, Barr acknowledged the public’s frustration over what they perceive as a double standard, particularly following the unprecedented indictment of Trump by Special Counsel Jack Smith for mishandling classified documents.
Barr stressed that Attorney General Garland should promptly address this issue and take concrete steps to assure the public that ongoing investigations related to the Bidens, including the mishandling of classified material and the broader investigation in Delaware, are being pursued with the same level of scrutiny as the case against Trump.
Barr expressed concerns about recent reports suggesting potential efforts to undermine the Delaware investigation, citing an FBI whistleblower. U.S. Attorney David Weiss has been leading an investigation into possible criminal business dealings involving Hunter Biden for nearly four years, and the slow pace of the investigation has raised concerns.
Earlier this month, Fox News Digital reported the contents of the FD-1023, which alleges that Joe Biden received a $5 million payment in a bribery scheme involving a top executive from Ukrainian gas firm Burisma Holdings, where Hunter Biden served on the board. The document, dated June 30, 2020, consists of an FBI interview with a highly credible confidential human source who provided detailed accounts of meetings and conversations with the Burisma executive over several years.
House Republicans have demanded the release of the document, and Senator Chuck Grassley has stated that Congress still lacks a full understanding of its contents.
Barr suggested that the Attorney General should consider providing the FD-1023 report to Chairman James Comer and his Senate supporters, with necessary safeguards to protect the source’s life and safety.
During his tenure, Barr explained that the FD-1023 document underwent a screening process led by U.S. Attorney Scott Brady and his team in Pittsburgh to assess its validity and relevance. Barr stated that there was no indication of disinformation in the document, leading it to be routed to Trump-appointed U.S. Attorney Weiss in Delaware, who was already investigating Hunter Biden.
While acknowledging the Department of Justice’s policy against sharing raw reports, Barr emphasized that the Attorney General has the ultimate authority to make decisions in this unique situation, considering the public interests involved. He acknowledged the value of allowing certain lawmakers to review the document, given their past efforts in exposing false Russian collusion claims, but stressed the importance of protecting sources.
In conclusion, Barr urged the Attorney General to carefully consider the circumstances and strike a balance between transparency and source protection in deciding how far to go in releasing the FD-1023 report.