Biden Dismisses Bribery Probe During Press Conference

President Joe Biden dismissed a Republican-led investigation into allegations that his family received a $5 million bribe from Ukraine during a press conference Thursday. The president turned a question regarding the alleged bribe into a joke.

During the press event, Biden was asked about allegations by Rep. Nancy Mace (R-NC), who said that there was “damning evidence” that he had “sold out the country” due to the bribe.

“Where’s the money? I’m joking,” the president said. “It’s a bunch of malarkey,” he added.

In an interview with Fox News, Mace said that the evidence against the president was “credible and legitimate.” 

Mace added that she would not “brush it off like the FBI has.” 

The representative added that there was further corroborating information. She cited a total of $10 million in potential bribes to the Biden family, including $5 million to Joe Biden and $5 million to Hunter Biden. 

The North Carolina representative discussed how the members of the House Oversight Committee were able to view the FBI document at the center of the investigation. Mace said that she desired that the American people be able to view the document. 

“It’s legitimate,” she said. “It’s real.” 

Mace cited the recent indictment against former President Donald Trump at the same time.

The committee’s chair, Rep. James Comer (R-KY) said that the document supported evidence of Biden family corruption in Ukraine. 

Comer said that a Ukrainian business leader “allegedly sent a bribe, a substantial bribe, to then-Vice President Joe Biden.” 

During Biden’s tenure as vice president his son Hunter served on the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma. 

The younger Biden received a salary of $1 million per year for the position. Then-Vice President Biden pressured the Ukrainian government to fire a prosecutor who had been investigating the company. 

House Republicans planned to hold FBI Director Christopher Wray in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over the document at the center of the controversy. Comer wrote that the agency had earlier “refused to comply with our lawfully issued subpoena and even refused to admit the record’s existence up until a week ago.”

The Kentucky Republican said that the FBI had “caved” in allowing the members of the Oversight Committee to view the document, and the contempt resolution was dropped.