Paul Abbate, the Deputy Director of the FBI, conveyed to the Senate Judiciary Committee his lack of awareness regarding any potential audio recordings involving President Biden and an alleged Ukrainian businessman, who is purported to have offered a bribe during Biden’s tenure as Vice President.
“I have no idea if there are voice recordings or not,” stated Abbate during his exchange with Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.).
These remarks followed the allegations made by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on Monday. Grassley suggested that the FBI had intentionally redacted information about these recordings from an informant’s file. This file, which members of the House Oversight Committee were allowed to read the previous week, reportedly contains accusations of a $5 million bribery scheme.
According to Grassley, the Ukrainian businessman claimed to have maintained 15 tapes of Hunter Biden, the President’s son, and two of Joe Biden receiving bribes in 2015 and 2016, purportedly as a form of “insurance.”
Abbate, referring to the redactions in the bureau’s FD-1023 report, affirmed, “What I will tell you with respect to the document, the document was redacted to protect the source, as everyone knows, and this is a question of life and death, potentially.”
The referenced informant’s file was established in June 2020, following the FBI’s investigation into information provided by a long-term paid informant back in 2017.
Earlier this year, the existence of this document was disclosed to Grassley by a whistleblower. Consequently, Grassley informed House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) about this development. Comer is presently spearheading the House’s inquiry into the overseas business transactions of the Biden family.
According to lawmakers privy to the informant file, it alleges that the Bidens received bribes to facilitate the interests of Mykola Zlochevsky, the proprietor of the Ukrainian energy company, Burisma. Hunter Biden was brought onto the board of directors of this company in April 2014.
The document allegedly outlines how Joe Biden advocated for the dismissal of Viktor Shokin, the Ukrainian prosecutor-general, who was terminated in 2016. This advocacy, it is claimed, was made in exchange for $5 million.
At the White House on Tuesday, upon being questioned about the existence of the tapes, President Biden, aged 80, halted, turned around, and smiled. He seemed to laugh softly to himself and shook his head, leaving the room without offering a response to The Post’s inquiry.