Now that we know the FBI has failed to comply with a House Oversight and Accountability Committee subpoena for a document that allegedly implicates President Joe Biden in a pay-to-play bribery scheme.
Committee Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) issued the subpoena to FBI Director Christopher Wray on May 3 after a whistleblower disclosed the existence of the alleged incriminating document—an FD-1023 form, which is typically a report from an informant—to Sen. Chuck Grassley’s (R-Iowa) office.
The FBI was given until noon on May 10 to turn over all FD-1023 forms created or modified in June 2020 that contain the word “Biden” to the committee. – Epoch Times 5/10/2013
A US House of Representatives subpoena is a legal order issued by the House of Representatives requiring an individual or organization to produce documents, testimony, or other evidence related to a particular investigation or inquiry. The power to issue subpoenas is granted to the House of Representatives by the Constitution, and they are typically used as part of the House’s oversight and investigation responsibilities. Failure to comply with a subpoena can result in contempt of Congress charges and potentially even arrest.
The Constitution mentions the subpoena power of the House of Representatives in Article I, Section 2, Clause 5, which states that “The House of Representatives shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.” This power includes the ability to issue subpoenas to compel witnesses to testify or to produce documents or other evidence relevant to an impeachment inquiry. Additionally, the Constitution provides Congress with the power to conduct investigations to carry out its legislative duties, and this power is generally recognized to include the power to issue subpoenas. This power is typically delegated to committees of the House of Representatives, which can issue subpoenas to individuals or organizations to obtain information relevant to their investigations.
And yes, the FBI is required to comply with a subpoena issued by the US House of Representatives. The Constitution gives the House of Representatives the power to conduct investigations and oversight of the executive branch, and this includes the power to issue subpoenas. If the FBI is subpoenaed by a congressional committee, it must produce the requested documents and/or appear to testify before the committee, subject to certain limitations such as attorney-client privilege and national security concerns. Refusal to comply with a valid subpoena may result in a contempt of Congress citation.
Contempt of Congress is a legal term that refers to the act of obstructing or resisting the authority of the United States Congress to carry out its duties and responsibilities. This can include refusing to comply with a subpoena, lying under oath, or providing false or misleading information to Congress. If a witness or individual is found guilty of contempt of Congress, they can be punished by a fine or imprisonment. However, contempt of Congress charges are relatively rare, and most disputes between Congress and individuals are resolved through negotiation or litigation.
Let’s understand that speaker McCarthy sits in extremely powerful position of authority and needs to use it in a judicial, ethical way to protect the American citizens. He needs to follow his oath of office.
Here are some of the several powers and responsibilities, Kevin McCarthy holds. I am providing this list to you so you understand the responsibilities of the speaker of the house, so you can hold Kevin McCarthy responsible if you does not follow through with the exercise of his responsibilities.
1. Presiding over the House: The Speaker presides over the House, which means they maintain order and decorum during House meetings and proceedings.
2. Interpretation of House rules and procedures: The Speaker has the authority to interpret and enforce the rules and procedures of the House.
3. Assigning committees and committee assignments: The Speaker decides which committees will review legislation, appoints committee members, and determines who will chair each committee.
4. Managing House floor debates: The Speaker recognizes Members of Congress who wish to speak during floor debates and has the ability to limit debate, call for votes, and declare votes.
5. Appointment and management of House Officers: The Speaker appoints the Clerk of the House, Sergeant at Arms, and other officers of the House.
6. Legislative influence and negotiation: The Speaker exercises considerable influence over the legislative agenda of the House, negotiates with the Senate and the President on behalf of the House, and helps to shape public policy.
The Speaker of the House is considered one of the most powerful individuals in the U.S. government, wielding considerable influence over the legislative process and the policies that are enacted by Congress.
It is imperative that speaker Kevin McCarthy not allow the investigation into the Bidens to be quashed. He needs to keep his investigation in front of the American people so he they can see who is stonewalling and not allowing the truth to prevail.