Rep. Jim Jordan, a Republican from Ohio, alleged in a letter to the FBI director on Tuesday that the bureau was removing agents with conservative views, just two days before the January 6 hearings begin.
As ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, Jordan remarked, “We continue to investigate allegations that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is retaliating against FBI employees for engaging in disfavored political speech,”
He asserted that FBI personnel have been suspended or terminated in retaliation for their remarks or speeches regarding the attack on the Capitol in January.
This letter from Jordan to FBI Director Christopher Wray is a follow-up to Jordan’s letter from a month earlier, which provided an example of how the FBI suspended the security clearances of employees for “protected First Amendment activities.”
“Since our May 6 letter, we have received new protected whistleblower disclosures that suggest the FBI’s actions are far more pervasive than previously known,” the congressman claimed.
“Multiple whistleblowers have called it a ‘purge’ of FBI employees holding conservative views.”
Both the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Jerry Nadler, and the inspector general of the Justice Department, Michael Horowitz, received a copy of the letter.
An employee whose security clearance had been suspended by the FBI – and who was ultimately “indefinitely suspended from duty and pay” – was a prime example supplied by Jordan in his letter, in which he redacted the names and statuses of the individuals.
“[REDACTED] had apparently expressed the opinion that the FBI was not being totally forthright about the events of January 6,” Jordan stated.
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He stated that despite the employee’s criticizing the FBI under his command, the employee had never received disciplinary action.
It was later revealed by Jordan on Fox News; Laura Ingraham’s show on Tuesday evening that a total of six FBI officials have approached the committee about being retaliated against for their conservative views within the agency.
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