Republican Senator Ted Cruz took the FBI Deputy Director Paul Abbate to the woodshed Tuesday after he refused to comment on whether there is evidence of a “bribery scandal” involving Joe Biden.
Details of the scandal were discussed earlier this week by Senator Chuck Grassley, who noted that a Burisma executive who allegedly paid Hunter Biden $5 billion and had recorded multiple conversations with both Bidens back when Joe Biden was Vice President.
Cruz stated “Last month, a whistleblower brought to light the existence in the FBI of a report, an FD-1023, in which the informant alleges that President Biden and his family members engaged in a $5 million bribery scheme during his time as vice president,”
The Senator then asked “Deputy Director Abbate, is it true that the FBI has a report making those allegations?”
“I’m not going to comment on that, Senator,” Abbate responded.
“You don’t owe the American people an obligation to be candid about evidence of corruption by the President of the United States?” Cruz fired back.
Cruz attempted several more times to get Abbate to comment, but the FBI Deputy Director stated “this is an area that I’m not going to get into with you, senator.”
Cruz then accused Abbate of “stonewalling and covering up serious allegations of evidence of corruption from the president.”
“Yesterday, Senator Chuck Grassley stood on the Senate floor and alleged that there are 17 recordings of this informant from Burisma, Ukrainian natural gas company,” Cruz said, adding “15 of them are recordings, voice recordings, of him talking to Hunter Biden, two of them are voice recordings of him talking to Joe Biden. Deputy Director Abbate, does the FBI have 17 voice recordings laying out evidence of a bribery scheme?”
Again Abbate refused to comment.
“This is why you are damaging the institution,” Cruz urged, adding “The American people have a right to know whether there is serious, credible evidence that the president of the United States took a $5 million bribe.”
“The FBI has right now unlimited hubris,” Cruz charged, adding “you believe you are unaccountable. You won’t believe you are accountable to the U.S. Congress or the American people. And you are doing damage.”
WATCH: Senator Cruz DESTROYS the Deputy Director of the FBI over his refusal to discuss allegations that Biden took $5 million in bribes from Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/6mbAwNwHor— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) June 13, 2023
Meanwhile, Sen. Josh Hawley also eviscerated Abbate - asking: "Why don't you just release it? Is it classified?"
To which Abbate replied: "The document is not classified."
"ill you commit to releasing this unclassified document that alleges that the President Of the United States has taken $5 million in bribes from a foreign nation?" Hawley shot back.
To which Abbate replied: "The document contains sensitive information."
Sen. Hawley: "Why don't you just release it? Is it classified?"— Real Mac Report (@RealMacReport) June 13, 2023
FBI Deputy Director Abbate: "The document is not classified."
Sen. Hawley: "Will you commit to releasing this unclassified document that alleges that the President Of the United States has taken $5 million in… pic.twitter.com/RmDTQctaZw
Elsewhere during the hearing, Abbate told Senator Blackburn that “I have no idea if there are voice recordings or not.”
Abbate also tellingly added “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 Deputy FBI Director just admitted to me that the bureau intentionally attempted to cover up the Biden-Burisma bribery scandal by hiding 17 audio recordings with Joe and Hunter Biden. pic.twitter.com/IFBoXRfOZM— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) June 13, 2023
Biden himself was confronted by a New York Post reporter on the matter, but just grinned and walked away:
President Biden turned and grinned — without saying a word — tonight when I asked about @ChuckGrassley saying alleged Ukrainian bribe-giver claims to have tapes https://t.co/R2mhPKUt3Y pic.twitter.com/Z8JI7pENzq— Steven Nelson (@stevennelson10) June 13, 2023
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