EXCLUSIVE: The FBI is allegedly engaging in a “purge” of employees with conservative views and retaliating against whistleblowers who have made protected disclosures to Congress by revoking security clearances, the top Republican on the FBI Judiciary Committee told Fox News Digital. the House of Representatives, Jim Jordan.
Jordan, R-Ohio, said more than a dozen FBI informants have come to him and Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee with allegations of misconduct within the FBI.
Jordan and the Republicans have been investigating “serious allegations of abuse and misconduct within the top leadership of the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”
Jordan, in a letter obtained exclusively by Fox News Digital, and written to the FBI’s deputy executive director of the Human Resources branch, Jennifer Moore, the congressman says that he has received information of retaliation against FBI employees who have confidentially reported alleged misconduct to Congress.
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“During the course of this investigation, we have received protected disclosures from whistleblowers that the FBI is conducting a ‘purge’ of employees with conservative views by revoking their security clearances and indefinitely suspending these employees,” Jordan wrote, noting that “many of the Moores had signed formal notices” for those personnel actions.
Jordan also wrote that he has information suggesting that Moore has “retaliated against at least one whistleblower who has made protected disclosures to Congress.”
Jordan told Fox News Digital that informant shared information with the committee notifying them of the Justice Department’s efforts last fall to establish a threat label against parents to identify threats at school board meetings against faculty and then “process them where appropriate.” ”
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“As we have informed Director Christopher Wray, we take whistleblower retaliation seriously and therefore request that you appear for a transcribed interview as soon as possible,” Jordan said.
Jordan also said FBI whistleblowers told the committee that Moore has been “involved in security clearance revocations for those employees targeted for their conservative views.”
Jordan told Fox News Digital that those employees had made comments to him and Republicans on the committee about pressure within the FBI to label the cases “domestic violent extremism.” Jordan also said that whistleblowers have told him that the FBI is “pulling agents off child trafficking cases to focus on this political narrative that you see.”
“We refer to that as running the numbers — the pressure that exists on the FBI to satisfy this narrative by President Biden, where he called half the country a fascist and an extremist,” Jordan explained, referring to Biden’s speech last month at the he said The “MAGA Republicans” are a threat to democracy.
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Jordan said that under Title 5 of the United States Code, once a whistleblower makes a protected disclosure, an agency is prohibited from retaliating against the employee for that disclosure by taking or failing to take personal action.
Jordan said “the law is clear.”
“There is no retaliation against whistleblowers,” Jordan told Fox News Digital. “We had multiple agents come up to us and tell us how political the Justice Department has become.”
When asked how the FBI found out about the employees claiming to be whistleblowers and met with Congress, Jordan said it was unclear and the FBI would likely say the suspensions were due to something “unrelated.”
The House Judiciary Committee has legislative and oversight jurisdiction over the Department of Justice and the FBI. Jordan said Moore’s testimony is “necessary” for his oversight.
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Jordan said his letter also serves as a “formal request” that Moore and the FBI preserve all existing and future records and materials in their possession related to the issues discussed.
“You should interpret this preservation notice as an instruction to take all reasonable steps to prevent the destruction or alteration, whether intentional or negligent, of all documents, communications and other information, including electronic information and metadata, that respond or may respond to this congressional investigation,” Jordan wrote, adding that electronic messages sent using his official and personal accounts or devices, including records created using text messages, phone-based messaging apps, or encryption software .
The letter was signed by Jordan, Rep. Darrell Issa, ranking member on the House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet, as well as Rep. Mike Johnson, ranking member on the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil rights. Freedoms.
The FBI did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
“Step back and see it in context: All of this is happening on top of the FBI raiding a former president’s home; plus the FBI seizing a sitting member of Congress’s phone; plus Democrats and Joe Biden dying legislation that will unleash 87,000 IRS agents on us the people, us the taxpayers,” Jordan said. go up another level.”
Republicans have been sounding the alarm over the unprecedented FBI raid of former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home.
Congressional Republicans also criticized the FBI during the Trump administration for its original investigation into whether Trump and his campaign colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election. Special Counsel John Durham is now investigating the origins of that investigation.
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Meanwhile, across the Capitol, whistleblowers informed Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, that the FBI falsely labeled derogatory information about Hunter Biden as disinformation ahead of the 2020 presidential election and instructed employees not to look at the information. Hunter Biden’s laptop after the FBI seized it.
FBI Director Christopher Wray, during his Senate testimony last month, called the whistleblowers’ allegations “deeply troubling.”
But Jordan told Fox News Digital that he thinks it’s “amazing that so many whistleblowers come to talk to us while we’re in the minority.”
“We really can’t do anything but write letters… that’s all we can do,” Jordan said. “But they’re willing to do it because it just underscores how egregious the activity is and what’s really going on there, that we now have 14 officers coming to talk to us.”
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“All we can do is highlight it, and if we get the majority, we’ll do more investigations, where we can subpoena people for statements,” Jordan said, adding that he is now sending letters to FBI officials to let them know. know to “preserve documents, preserve information”.
He added: “If indeed the American people put us in charge, we’re going to want to have access to information.”