During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) reportedly criticized FBI Deputy Director Paul Abbate for avoiding questions regarding alleged audio tapes of then-Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden conversing with a Ukrainian executive who may have offered both of them bribes.
“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. Deputy Director Abbate, is it true that the FBI has a report making those allegations?” Cruz said.
“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. 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?” Cruz proclaimed.
If the tapes were real, Abbate would not say so.
Cruz persisted in questioning Abbate for a while longer.