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In a letter to the FBI’s director Tuesday, Ohio’s GOP Rep. Jim Jordan claimed the bureau was purging agents for conservative views, just two days before the hearings on January 6 begin.
“We continue to investigate allegations that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is retaliating against FBI employees for engaging in disfavored political speech,” Jordan wrote, from his position as the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee.
He alleged that FBI personnel are being retaliated against by either being suspended or being fired due to their comments or speech last January regarding the attack on the Capitol.
This correspondence from Jordan to FBI Director Christopher Wray follows up on the example provided in Jordan’s letter from the month prior describing how the FBI had suspended the security clearances of employees for ‘protected First Amendment activity.’
“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 alleged.
“Multiple whistleblowers have called it a ‘purge’ of FBI employees holding conservative views.”
A copy of the letter was sent to both the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Jerry Nadler, and the inspector general of the Justice Department, Michael Horowitz.
A prime example Jordan provided in his letter, in which he redacted the names and statuses of the individuals, was the case of an employee whose security clearance had been suspended by the FBI – and, ultimately, was ‘indefinitely suspended from duty and pay.’
“[REDACTED] had apparently shared personal views that the FBI was not being entirely forthcoming about the events of January 6,” Jordan wrote.
“As a result, the FBI determined that [REDACTED] had ‘espoused conspiratorial views’ and ‘promoted unreliable information which indicates support for the events of January 6,’ and therefore the FBI questioned allegiance to the United States.”
He also claimed that a second ‘whistleblower, who had since left the FBI’ told him that the FBI retaliated against those employees who had criticized the Bureau in an anonymous survey that had been conducted following January 6, 2021.
“The FBI allegedly escalated an adverse personnel action against this employee after [REDACTED] commented on the survey, which sought feedback about the [REDACTED]actions ‘during the recent crisis/command post’ event,” Jordan wrote.
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.
Four individuals brought issues related to January 6, while two brought issues concerning a school board’s memo.
Two days before the House select committee is expected to get underway its public hearings on the January 6 attack, Wray’s letter was sent to him just before the hearings are expected to focus on rhetoric surrounding the 2020 election from former President Donald Trump.
James Goldston, former ABC News President, will produce the first hearing on Thursday at 8:00 p.m.
Jordan was summoned to appear before the panel for the high-profile hearings that are slated for the coming days, but he refused to submit to the Democratic investigation.
In a letter sent to the committee last month, he requested it provide him with all the materials it plans on using to question him ahead of any deposition as well as an explanation of the nature of the legal authority the committee relied on to issue the subpoena.
“I write to strongly contest the constitutionality and validity of the subpoena in several respects,” Jordan wrote, according to a copy of the letter obtained by CNN.
Jordan is one of the five House Republicans who have been subpoenaed by the committee since May. In addition to him there are House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senators Andy Biggs of Arizona, Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, and Mo Brooks of Alabama.
According to their letter, “the Republicans of the House Judiciary Committee are conducting oversight to ensure the FBI is not retaliating against FBI employees for exercising their rights under the First Amendment and engaging in unpopular political speech.”
“We reiterate our earlier requests for your personal assurance that the FBI will cooperate fully with the Department of Justice’s Office of Inspector General’s examination of these matters and for a briefing on the FBI’s purge of employees holding disfavored viewpoints,” Jordan demanded.
Ray has oppose claims that there was political bias on the part of the FBI in investigating right-wing voices and has defended the FBI’s investigation into people involved in the Capitol Riot last year.