Jim Jordan, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has issued a subpoena to a high-ranking FBI official for testimony in an investigation related to a whistleblower’s claim that the bureau has become overtly biased against conservatives.
A spokesperson for Jordan, who leads the Judiciary Committee and is in command of the subcommittee investigating the “weaponization” of the federal government, made the announcement on Monday.
“Today, Chairman Jordan issued a subpoena to Jennifer Leigh Moore, Executive Assistant Director of Human Resources at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, after she refused to answer questions during her transcribed interview about the FBI’s retaliation against brave whistleblowers who have come forward to raise concerns about abuses they have seen at the Bureau,” Jordan spokesperson Russell Dye said, according to the Daily Wire.
It is unknown when her interview took place. Nevertheless, a letter sent to Moore in late January reportedly accused her of “obstruction” for neglecting to comply with earlier interview requests.
“Executive Assistant Director Moore voluntarily answered questions from members and their staffs about the FBI’s security clearance adjudication process for several hours,” the bureau noted in response, the report said.
“She did not discuss the details of specific individuals whose cases are still under review to protect the integrity of the process and the privacy of the individuals,” the FBI noted further. “The FBI recognizes the importance of congressional oversight and remains fully committed to cooperating with Congress’ oversight requests consistent with its constitutional and statutory responsibilities.”
House Republicans on the Judiciary Committee, who lacked the authority to issue subpoenas at the time, requested information from law enforcement and intelligence officials in 2017. In November, they released a report that summarized the allegations of Justice Department and FBI politicization voiced by “a multitude” of whistleblowers.
The report included allegations of a “purge” of FBI employees with conservative viewpoints, which were related to Moore and touched on matters involving former President Donald Trump.
“This perception is buttressed by previous, documented examples of political bias ingrained in the FBI’s leadership culture — for example, when a senior FBI official wrote derisively to a colleague that he ‘could SMELL the Trump support’ at a Walmart in southern Virginia, or when an FBI attorney altered evidence in support of the FBI’s warrantless surveillance of a Trump campaign associate,” the report noted.
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“The FBI has responded to these concerns with a hollow assertion that ‘FBI personnel must maintain objectivity and rigor in their work,’” continued the report. “While the FBI may well be holding line agents to this standard, FBI leadership and supervisors are actively purging those who dare to hold a differing opinion.” CONTINUE READING…