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7 DOJ Obstructions in Biden Family Corruption Probe


The​ Pittsburgh-based‍ U.S. attorney charged⁤ with screening evidence of Ukrainian corruption before the 2020 election testified before the House Judiciary ⁤Committee on Monday about the bureaucratic ⁣obstruction his‌ team faced.‌ The roadblocks detailed by former‍ U.S. Attorney Scott Brady over ‍the course ⁣of the‍ six-hour hearing ​were so outrageous that at one point a lawyer ⁢for the minority party asked whether‍ he was speaking⁤ in hyperbole. He wasn’t.

The situation Brady faced‍ was also ⁢much worse than the media​ have‍ reported to date, as the‌ full​ transcript of the interview, ​reviewed by The Federalist, ‌establishes. Here ‌are the ​seven most shocking details ‍revealed during ‍Monday’s‍ hearing.

1. FBI Drags Its⁤ Feet While Tying Brady’s ​Hands

    Monday’s closed-door hearing of the House⁣ Judiciary ⁣Committee, ‌which is investigating the ⁤DOJ and FBI’s handling of ‍the probe into ⁤Biden‍ family corruption, opened with Brady explaining that ⁣in early January 2020, then-Attorney General ⁣William Barr tapped him to⁣ vet evidence related to Ukrainian‍ corruption.

    While he⁤ immediately ⁤moved to open​ a matter in the U.S.⁣ attorney’s office for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Brady testified that​ he didn’t believe the FBI opened its assessment until late March. Part⁢ of the ​problem, Brady explained, was that the‌ FBI maintained it had ⁤to ‌operate under the framework of ‍the Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide ​(DIOG)​ and that there was ⁣no procedure‍ for handling a vetting assignment such​ as Barr assigned to the Pittsburgh office.

    So, as Brady explained, he had a discussion with the Pittsburgh⁣ FBI agents about “how, in‍ their administrative‌ process, it should be characterized.”

    “I said, ‘Well ‌let’s all sit together around a table⁤ and talk this ‌out;‌ could you please share with me your DIOG,’” Brady testified,‍ explaining the DIOG “is the FBI’s‌ bible for their processes and procedures.”

    The local⁣ FBI agents told Brady that someone from​ FBI headquarters directed the local agents⁤ not to share the DIOG with ‍the U.S. attorney’s ‍office. ​Brady’s response, as he relayed ‍to ⁢the committee, perfectly crystalized the madness: “I’m a⁣ presidentially appointed United ‌States attorney. We’re ‌on the same team, part ‍of the Department ​of Justice. What do‌ you mean​ you can’t‌ share your ‍DIOG with me?”

    “That’s ⁢what we were told, so⁢ we can’t,⁢ sir,” the local Pittsburgh FBI team replied, in‍ his telling.

    And they never did share the DIOG ‌with ⁢him,​ the former federal prosecutor testified, explaining he instead​ resorted to⁤ finding an older ‍redacted version online,‌ and then ‍referenced those standards ​when⁢ discussing with the FBI team how to open the investigation.

    2. 17 Approvals Needed — and That’s Not Hyperbole

      The⁤ FBI eventually opted ‍to⁢ open an “assessment” for the material on Ukraine provided ‌by the Pittsburgh-based U.S. attorney’s office. Under⁢ the ‍DIOG, an “assessment” could only last for 30 days, after ⁣which it would need to be⁣ reauthorized.‍ That meant every⁤ 30 days, the Pittsburgh FBI office needed to re-up the assessment,⁣ which normally​ wouldn’t be an issue, Brady testified, because a special agent’s immediate supervisor, a supervisory special agent (SSA) at the⁣ local⁢ field office could reauthorize an assessment.

      But not in the case of the Ukrainian corruption vetting.

      “In this case,” Brady ​testified, “it required 17 different⁤ people, including mostly at‌ the headquarters level⁢ to ​sign off on it before ​the assessment could ​be extended.” Consequently, Brady‌ explained, at times the FBI​ agents ⁢“had to go pens‌ down sometimes for 2 or 3 weeks at a time‍ … because they were still waiting on, again, on someone within the 17-chain signoff to⁢ approve.”

      The ridiculousness of‌ a 17-person approval was clear to even the Democrat attorney questioning‍ Brady. ‍After noting he ‍had⁣ made reference to ‌“17 layers of approval,” she asked: “Was that an actual ⁣number, or was ‍that just hyperbole? Were‌ there 17 boxes to check?”

      “So it was ⁢our ⁤understanding, related by someone ⁣on ‌the FBI team ‌in Pittsburgh,‌ that that was an actual number, that there were 17 approvals ‍that were ⁤required to extend⁤ the assessment an additional 30 days.”

      3. FBI Headquarters Had To Sign-Off on Everything.

        Not only did more ‍than ‌a⁢ dozen individuals need to approve ⁤the renewal of the assessment, ‌including⁤ many⁢ out of ​FBI headquarters,‍ but Brady⁣ testified that FBI headquarters⁤ was required to “signoff ‌for any⁣ investigative⁤ steps that FBI Pittsburgh was asked ‍to take by” the Pittsburgh ​U.S. attorney’s office.

        Brady reiterated this point, testifying:‌ “It was my understanding that they could not take any steps absent the approval,⁢ the⁣ review and ⁤approval of FBI headquarters, not‍ just ⁣the leadership ‍of FBI Pittsburgh.” And later, when asked to elaborate ⁢on challenges with the FBI, Brady noted:⁤ “It was‌ my⁣ understanding​ that FBI headquarters had to sign off on‍ every assignment, no matter how small or ‌routine, before they could take action.”

        This level ‍of signoff by headquarters was not‍ normal, Brady confirmed, noting‍ that in his experience, even in a ​sensitive investigation, the investigation is‌ usually ⁣contained within​ the field office, with an SSA ‍approving requests, or maybe an assistant special‌ agent in charge ⁤or on occasion ⁣even ⁤the⁢ special​ agent ‌in charge. But never in his career⁣ had Brady seen anything like this.

        4. FBI Reluctance In Investigating

          The former U.S. attorney’s testimony‍ also made clear the FBI was‌ reluctant to assist⁤ their investigation.

          “It was a challenging working relationship,” Brady noted, saying he believed “there‍ was reluctance on the part of the FBI to really do‌ any tasking related to our ⁢assignment … and looking into allegations of Ukrainian corruption broadly and then specifically ⁤anything that intersected with Hunter Biden‍ and his role in Burisma.”

          When pushed on where the problems originated, Brady ⁤said, “It was somewhere ‍at FBI ‌headquarters,” but he “had​ no visibility into where that choke point was.” But it ​was somewhere ​below the deputy director ​and‌ principal assistant deputy attorney general⁤ because whenever the FBI refused to‌ cooperate, forcing ⁤Brady to elevate the issue to FBI headquarters or ​the DOJ, the⁤ issues were resolved by the⁢ various ⁣high-level officials.

          Unbeknownst ⁢to​ Brady, that ⁤also proved to be the case​ when it came to his office briefing the Delaware U.S. attorney’s ⁤office ​on ‌the results of his ⁣assessment. Brady testified ⁤that he had been trying for some time to arrange a briefing with the ​Delaware U.S. attorney’s office, only to learn‍ later ⁤that Assistant U.S. Attorney Lesley ‍Wolf had not wanted to take the briefing. IRS whistleblower Gary Shapley ‍recently revealed that the meeting ‍only came ‍about after Main Justice ordered Delaware​ to meet with Brady’s team to be briefed on ‍the results‌ of their vetting.

          5. FBI Headquarters ​Tells ‌Pittsburgh Agents​ to Play Coy

            “Reluctance” appears to be an understatement, ⁣though, as Brady ⁣further⁢ testified that ‍a member⁢ of the ⁢Pittsburgh ​FBI team relayed that FBI ‍headquarters had⁤ directed them “not⁢ to affirmatively share information” but rather “only ‌to share information with ‍ [Pittsburgh] if we asked ‍them a direct question relating to⁤ that information…”

            That “is not typically how the investigative⁤ process⁣ goes,” Brady added.

            That the FBI agents had directions only ‍to share information with‍ the U.S. attorney’s office ​if asked a‍ direct question seems to explain Brady’s‍ later‍ testimony. The former U.S. attorney later testified that when the Washington field office discovered ​an older FD-1023 report⁤ that included a discreet statement mentioning Hunter Biden’s service on the Burisma⁢ Board, the Pittsburgh office requested to see the FD-1023. ​Apparently, relying on the​ FBI to convey relevant information to the prosecutors was not an‌ option. In this case, that FD-1023 led to ​the confidential human source providing ⁤extensive ‌additional information about ​the Bidens’ involvement ⁤and alleged bribe-taking from Burisma, ⁤so it ⁢is a good thing‌ Pittsburgh ​asked to see​ the actual document.

            When it⁢ came ​to the Hunter ‌Biden laptop, however, Brady and his team of prosecutors didn’t know what⁣ they didn’t know, so they never asked whether the⁣ FBI had seized‍ any⁣ of Hunter Biden’s electronic devices. With “don’t ask, don’t tell” being Delaware’s protect-Biden policy, the Delaware⁤ office opted‍ against informing​ the Pittsburgh‌ U.S. attorney’s office of the existence of ⁢the⁤ laptop. Rather, ⁤Brady testified that he first learned of the laptop’s existence when the New York Post broke the story in mid-October.

            6. Delaware Refuses to Play Nice

              Not only did Brady testify about the challenges‌ of working with the FBI, ⁢but he also faced ⁤issues with the Delaware U.S.‍ attorney’s ‍office.

              “[I]t was regularly‍ a challenge ‌to interact ⁢with the investigative team from Delaware,” Brady testified. “There was ⁤no information‌ sharing” or “very limited” information sharing, from⁢ Delaware. In fact, “at one point, the communication between our offices was so ⁤constricted that we ‍had to provide ⁤written questions to ‌the investigative⁢ team in Delaware, almost‌ in the form ⁤of ‍interrogatories, and receive written answers back,” Brady testified.

              “This was very ⁣unusual,” Brady continued, noting that “typical ⁣U.S. attorney to U.S. attorney office ‍communications, even⁢ on sensitive matters, is‍ fairly clear and transparent.” ​“We’re all‍ professionals,” Brady⁣ explained.

              Yet,⁣ with Delaware, the Pittsburgh U.S. attorney’s office had to resort to submitting a list of written questions to U.S. Attorney‌ David Weiss’s team, which ⁣the Delaware prosecutors then ⁢responded to in writing, much‌ as interrogatories are served on⁣ opposing parties​ in litigation.

              Jim ‌Jordan, the chair ‌of the Judiciary Committee, asked Brady if he had ever seen anything like ⁢this‌ during his time as an assistant U.S. attorney or U.S.⁢ attorney.

              “Not where ⁢an office had to submit written ⁢interrogatories to another office for permission,” Brady ​said.

              7. Lying About Brady

                Another challenge he faced, Brady explained,‍ was false ‌representations being made to‌ senior FBI leadership about what the U.S. attorney’s⁢ team was or wasn’t doing. “There was information that ‌was being shared up that chain‍ at the FBI that was incorrect,” Brady‍ explained, and it rose all the way‌ up to​ AG Barr.

                Brady noted that while ⁢they resolved the issue, ⁢it presented an‍ unnecessary challenge to handling the vetting process.

                Of ⁤course, some of the same people likely used that same ‌tactic by lying about the Pittsburgh vetting process to the press. And more ⁢recently, Democrats such ​as Jamie Raskin resorted to‌ peddling​ falsehoods, such ⁣as that Barr’s ‌handpicked prosecutor, Brady, ⁤had⁤ closed the assessment into the FD-1023.

                During his Monday testimony, Brady also confirmed that Barr had accurately described the true scenario — that the FD-1023 ‌had been ⁤passed ⁢on to‌ the​ Delaware‌ U.S. attorney’s office for further investigation — and that Raskin was lying, at I reported here ⁤in The ⁣Federalist.

                But ⁢what else could ‌a Biden ⁣apologist do but⁣ lie — after whistleblowers exposed the DOJ and FBI’s obstruction and the evidence of the president’s corruption?


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                ​ The Bureaucratic Obstruction⁤ Faced by‌ U.S. Attorney Scott Brady in Ukrainian Corruption⁢ Probe

                Former U.S. Attorney ⁣Scott Brady,‌ who is based⁤ in‍ Pittsburgh,⁣ testified before the House Judiciary Committee⁤ on⁤ Monday about the various bureaucratic roadblocks ‍his team faced​ while screening evidence of Ukrainian ‍corruption before the 2020 election.⁢ The details revealed⁣ during the six-hour hearing were so outrageous that a lawyer for the minority party even questioned⁢ whether Brady⁣ was speaking in hyperbole.

                The situation Brady faced was much worse⁢ than what has been reported by⁢ the​ media so far, as the full transcript of the interview reviewed by The Federalist establishes. Here are the ‍seven most‌ shocking‍ details revealed during Monday’s hearing.

                1. FBI Drags Its Feet While ⁤Tying Brady’s Hands

                Brady⁤ began the closed-door hearing ⁢by explaining that ⁣in early ⁣January 2020, then-Attorney General William Barr assigned him to vet evidence related to Ukrainian corruption. While Brady promptly opened a matter ​in the U.S. attorney’s office for the Western District⁤ of Pennsylvania, he testified that he didn’t believe



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