Judicial Watch Sues for FBI Document Alleging Bidens’ Bribery Scheme with Burisma Owner
(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of Justice for a copy of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) FD-1023 that describes “an alleged criminal scheme involving then-Vice President Biden and a foreign national relating to the exchange of money for policy decisions.” The FOIA request also asks communications about the FD-1023 (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:23-cv-01849)).
On May 3, 2023, Judicial Watch submitted unanswered FOIA requests to the Justice Department and FBI for:
1. The unclassified FBI FD-1023 (CHS Reporting Document) described in the May 3, 2023 letter from Sen. Grassley and Rep. Comer to Attorney General Garland and FBI Director Wray (Grassley-Comer-letter.pdf (house.gov).
2. All records of communication between Attorney General Garland and any other official or employee of any branch, department, agency, or office of the Federal government regarding the letter and/or the FD-1023 described therein. This includes, but is not limited to, any such communications between the Attorney General and any other official or employee of the Department of Justice.
3. All records of communication between Director Wray and any other official or employee of any branch, department, agency, or office of the Federal government regarding the letter and/or the FD-1023 described therein. This includes, but is not limited to, any such communications between Director Wray and any other official or employee of the Federal Bureau of Investigations.
In a Senate floor speech on June 12, 2023, Senator Grassley said:
The 1023 produced to that House Committee redacted reference that the foreign national who allegedly bribed Joe and Hunter Biden allegedly has audio recordings of his conversations with them. Seventeen total recordings.
According to the 1023, the foreign national possesses fifteen audio recordings of phone calls between him and Hunter Biden. According to the 1023, the foreign national possesses two audio recordings of phone calls between him and then-Vice President Joe Biden. These recordings were allegedly kept as a sort of insurance policy for the foreign national in case he got into a tight spot. The 1023 also indicates that then-Vice President Joe Biden may have been involved in Burisma employing Hunter Biden.
A June 8, 2023, Washington Examiner story states:
Republicans said the FBI form indicated Ukrainian businessman and Burisma owner Mykola Zlochevsky allegedly told the FBI informant that he paid $5 million apiece to Hunter and then-Vice President Biden to shake off a corruption investigation.
House Republicans have threatened to hold FBI Director Wray in contempt of Congress for not producing the full FD-1023 document but have yet to follow through on this threat.
“This FBI document, which is being hidden contrary to law, could be the Rosetta Stone to uncovering unprecedented corruption by our nation’s top elected official,” stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The American people have a right under to law to see this FBI document so they can judge for themselves whether their president and his family are crooks.”
Judicial Watch continues to lead the fight to expose the Biden administration corruption.
In May 2023, Judicial Watch filed a FOIA lawsuit against the National Archives for Biden family records and communications regarding travel and finance transactions, as well as communications between the Bidens and several known business associates.
On October 14, 2022, Judicial Watch sued DOJ for all records in the possession of FBI Supervisory Intelligence Analyst Brian Auten regarding an August 6, 2020, briefing provided to members of the U.S. Senate. Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) raised concerns that the briefing was intended to undermine the senators’ investigation of Hunter Biden.
Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit against the U.S. State Department on April 20, 2022, for messages sent through the SMART (State Messaging and Archive Retrieval Toolkit) system that mention Hunter Biden.
On December 10, 2020, Judicial Watch received 210 pages of records from the State Department which show that former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie “Masha” Yovanovitch had specifically warned in 2017 about corruption allegations against Burisma Holdings.
On October 27, 2020, Judicial Watch received 116 pages of records from the State Department which include a briefing checklist of a February 22, 2019, meeting in Kyiv between then-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch and Sally Painter, co-founder and chief operating officer of Blue Star Strategies, a Democratic lobbying firm which was hired by Burisma Holdings to combat corruption allegations. At the time of the meeting, Hunter Biden was serving on the board of directors for Burisma Holdings.