Jim Jordan & Co.’s Conspiracy Theories Crack Under Incisive Public Fact-Check

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Republicans continue to promote allegations of millions of dollars in bribery implicating President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. Now, a version of an official FBI document that outlines these unverified allegations has been released, though there remains simply no substantive evidence showing the financial transfers that have been alleged.

“Here’s what we know about these unverified allegations: 1) Trump’s DOJ had this information and did not find it sufficiently credible to investigate. 2) the source of the information subsequently denied it. 3) The Burisma Russian propaganda has repeatedly been debunked,” Rep. Daniel Goldman (D-N.Y.), a first-term Congressman and current member of the House Oversight Committee, said on Twitter this week. The source to which he referred was Mykola Zlochevsky, who was partially behind the foreign energy company Burisma and who denied “that former Vice President Biden or his staff ‘in any way’ assisted Mr. Zlochevsky or Burisma,” Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), the top Democrat on the panel, asserted recently in prepared remarks.

Elsewhere, the FBI previously expressed concerns to Oversight Committee chairman Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.) about the conduct of certain members of his panel around an earlier review of the official document that contains those secondhand allegations of bribery implicating the Bidens. Specifically, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) sought to relay specific details to the public that she collected and recalled from the then-secured document, though expectations were that such specific revelations would not be made. Officials had expressed concerns about impacts to the safety of sources for the agency’s information.

“We are concerned that Members disregarded the Committee’s agreement that information from the document should not be further disclosed,” the FBI letter to Comer said. “Several Committee Members publicized specific details regarding their recollection of confidential source reporting purportedly referenced in the document… The conduct of some Committee Members during the June 8 review flagrantly disregarded our agreement and has the potential to cause grave harm.”