The recent controversy over the FBI’s decision to not release information to Congress has brought up a lot of questions and concerns. Representative James Comer (R-KY) has stated that he believes this is obstructionist and unacceptable behavior. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has joined in on the calls for the FBI to release the document, even going as far as to directly call FBI Director Christopher Wray.
At the center of this controversy is a June 2020 FBI form that Rep. Comer has subpoenaed pertaining to communication with confidential sources. Democrats on the Oversight committee have branded Comer’s narrative of FBI obstruction as “a radical distortion of the situation,” while also accusing him of stonewalling on a call with Wray.
So what can be done about this situation? Well, if a contempt resolution against Wray were to be approved by the House, the decision to prosecute would lie with prosecutors at the Department of Justice. It’s unclear whether or not the FBI will respond to these calls to release the document to Congress. However, it’s important to note that under the principle of executive privilege, the president typically has the power to withhold sensitive documents from public view. Whether or not President Biden will choose to use this power in this situation remains to be seen.
It’s clear that this situation with the FBI and the withholding of information is an important issue with far-reaching implications. The American people deserve to know the truth about this issue. It’s up to Congress to ensure that the proper steps are taken to ensure that the FBI complies with the requests to provide the documents in question. Ultimately, the future of the relationship between the FBI and Congress will hinge on how this situation is resolved.