**House Republicans and the FBI narrowly dodge showdown over Biden document**
House Republicans had planned to vote on charging FBI Director Christopher Wray with contempt of Congress after the bureau stalled on handing over a document involving alleged criminal activity tied to President Joe Biden. However, a last-minute turn of events saw the FBI providing the document, averting the crisis.
The much-anticipated showdown between House Republicans and the FBI surrounding a congressional subpoena seemed imminent, but a change of course from both sides has seemingly averted a conflict. FBI Director Christopher Wray faced potential contempt charges if the bureau refused to release a document containing alleged criminal activity involving President Joe Biden. Prior to Thursday’s scheduled vote, the FBI opted to provide the House Oversight Committee access to the controversial document.
House Committee on Oversight and Accountability Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) subsequently removed the vote to hold Wray in contempt from Thursday’s agenda. Comer had earlier released a resolution and report recommending the House of Representatives charge Wray with contempt of Congress.
The subpoena for the document, potentially containing evidence linking Biden to corrupt dealings in Ukraine, was issued in early May. Although the FBI showed the document to Comer and Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) in a secure room on Monday, it did not satisfy House Republicans’ demands for a complete, unredacted version as per the subpoena.
Hours after Comer stressed the need for government accountability in a Wednesday resolution, the FBI agreed to give every lawmaker on the committee access to a redacted copy of the document, as reported by the Associated Press.
While House Speaker Kevin McCarthy