Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is losing it at 89 years old……
Sen. Chuck Grassley on Thursday released a confidential FBI informant’s unverified claim that, years ago, the Biden family “pushed” a Ukrainian oligarch to pay them $10 million.
The exceedingly rare step by Grassley, R-Iowa, further promulgates an allegation that Democratic critics warned against accepting at face value and which the White House continues to deny, saying it was investigated under the Trump administration and “debunked.”
Details of the unclassified document, known as an FD-1023, have emerged in recent months as Republicans search for any evidencethat President Joe Biden engaged in the controversial overseas business dealings of his son Hunter Biden, which the president and his aides have repeatedly said he didn’t do.
Republicans in Congress in May first subpoenaed the FBI for the FD-1023, which documents information relayed by a confidential human source in June 2020. The bureau later showed a redacted version to the top two members of the House Oversight Committee and then, under threat of a contempt vote against FBI Director Christopher Wray, shared it with the full panel.
The FBI’s deputy director, Paul Abbate, testified before the Senate last month that the FD-1023 had been redacted to protect the source: “This a question of life and death, potentially.”….
John Cohen, a former congressional investigator and federal law enforcement official, said it was “highly disconcerting” to see a lawmaker release “uncorroborated, raw intelligence without additional detail on what those who received this reporting found when they investigated it.”
“Releasing the report in this manner creates the perception that is was done to reinforce a political narrative and if true, then it should be viewed with skepticism by the public,” said Cohen, who is also an ABC News contributor….
image…Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Calls via Getty