Rep. Jordan: FBI Whistleblowers Face Retaliation for Complaining of Political Pressure Within Agency

Susan Jones | September 30, 2022 | 8:04am EDT
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Members of the FBI Swat team secure the corridors of the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)
Members of the FBI Swat team secure the corridors of the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - Democrats used to appreciate whistleblowers, including those who offered hearsay evidence against President Donald Trump.

But now that whistleblowers are coming to Congress with allegations of FBI misconduct, including bias against conservatives, President Biden's Justice Department apparently doesn't want to hear it:

In an August 30 memo, Attorney General Merrick Garland "reminded" employees that under DOJ policy, "no Department employee may communicate with Senators, Representatives, congressional committees, or congressional staff without advance coordination, consultation, and approval by OLA (Office of Legislative Affairs)."

"It was a memo designed to chill the speech of brave whistle-blowers who want to come forward and tell us the truth," said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee.

Jordan told Fox News's Sean Hannity on Thursday that 14 FBI agents have come to his office with complaints.

"We also know that some of those whistle-blowers have had their security clearance revoked, which is always the first step in terminating someone at the FBI. And now we think there's been specific retaliation against a whistle-blower who has been suspended, and this is one of the very first whistle-blowers we have who's been suspended.

"He came to us back last fall with the school boards issue when we learned that memo randomly came from Attorney General Garland designed to say we're going to use the counter-terrorism measure against moms and dads, and 20 some parents were investigated by the FBI for simply showing up at a school board meeting.

"So it continues to escalate, and then when you view it in context of everything we're doing, this is frightening stuff."

Hannity asked Jordan, "What is going on with our Department of Justice?"

"I think the plan is all designed to fit this narrative that Joe Biden's laid out there, that half the country are fascist and extremist, this crazy claim that he's made.

“And now they have to, as I've said, juice the numbers -- we've had some whistle-blowers talk about that, how they're getting pressure to label all cases as domestic violent extremism cases to juice the numbers and to cook the books because of the way they're cataloguing these cases to make it appear that there are domestic violence extremists all over the country.

“All to fit this narrative and you now see it manifest in what happened just a week ago outside of Philadelphia with this pastor and his family.

"That seems to be what they are up to, and of course if you have conservative, if you have FBI agents who are following the law and doing things the way they're supposed to, they're not going to go along with that, that's why they're coming to us and they are trying to stop them to come forward to give us the truth.”

In a September 19 letter to the FBI Director Chris Wray, Jordan wrote: "We continue to hear from brave whistleblowers about disturbing conduct at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, including politicization within the Washington Field Office (WFO)."

Jordan said the disturbing conduct includes pressuring agents to "reclassify cases as ‘domestic violent extremism’ (DVEs) even if the cases do not meet the criteria for such a classification.”

A whistleblower told Jordan that DOJ is "deliberately manipulating the way case files related to January 6 investigations are maintained in order to create a false and misleading narrative that domestic violent extremism is increasing around the country.”

Jordan is demanding an explanation and documents regarding punitive actions taken against FBI whistleblowers.

In another interview earlier on Thursday, Jordan told WMAL's Vince Coglianese the politicization of the FBI has manifested itself in other areas:

“Remember, it was just a few weeks ago they raided the home of a former president; they’ve taken the phone of a sitting member of Congress; they've passed legislation to unleash 87,000 IRS agents on we the people, we the taxpayers. So that's -- you view it all in context, that's what's so frightening to so many Americans..."

(Jordan also mentioned the FBI raid on the home of a pro-life pastor who was arrested at gunpoint outside Philadelphia last week.)

Jordan said FBI whistleblowers started coming to congressional Republicans after Merrick Garland's directive on parents attending school board meetings. Jordan called it a totally new phenomenon:

"I've been in Congress a few years now, and I've never ever seen anything like this," he said:

“And I always point out, understand they're coming to us, and we're in the minority. So we really can't do a whole lot, other than what I’m doing now. We can talk about it, we can send letters, we can inquire, we can begin to tell their story.

"But I think it just underscores how bad the problem is that you have now over 14 come to us. And I assume...we know some of them going to Sen. Grassley are different -- so we're now probably over 20-some whistleblowers coming to talk to members of Congress.

“And they're coming to the Oversight Committee; they’re coming to the Judiciary Committee because it's so bad...and it's so wrong, what's going on."

Jordan said he believes there are a "lot of good people" at the FBI who "know things are going wrong."

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