A highly motivated and decorated FBI agent was essentially perp-walked off the job earlier this week for taking a stand against the politicization of the agency in the age of Democrat rule.
New York Post columnist and author Miranda Divine noted in a piece published Wednesday that FBI Special Agent Steve Friend was relieved of his badge and gun and escorted out of after he made bombshell revelations in a whistleblower complaint filed with the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General.
The allegations “reveal a politicized Washington, DC, FBI field office cooking the books to exaggerate the threat of domestic terrorism, and using an ‘overzealous’ January 6 investigation to harass conservative Americans and violate their constitutional rights,” Devine wrote.
“Friend, 37, a respected 12-year veteran of the FBI and a SWAT team member, was suspended Monday, stripped of his gun and badge, and escorted out of the FBI field office in Daytona Beach, Fla., after complaining to his supervisors about the violations,” she noted further.
She noted that Friend was declared AWOL last month after he refused to take part in FBI SWAT raids he believes were in violation of bureau policy and were excessive uses of force against Jan. 6 suspects who are only accused of misdemeanors.
“This American hero, the father of two small children, has blown up his ‘dream career’ because he could not live with his conscience if he continued to be part of what he sees as the unjust persecution of conservative Americans,” Divine noted further.
“I have an oath to uphold the Constitution,” Friend told supervisors regarding his decision to take conscientious objector status ahead of an Aug. 24 SWAT raid on a Jan. 6 suspect in the Jacksonville, Fla., area. “I have a moral objection and want to be considered a conscientious objector.”
What has happened to Friend comes on the heels of additional revelations about the politicization of the FBI at the highest levels made to Republican lawmakers in recent weeks. Last month, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) told Fox News host Trey Gowdy, a former GOP lawmaker from South Carolina, that 14 FBI whistleblowers have so far come forward following the raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla.
“Fourteen FBI agents have come to our office as whistleblowers, and they are good people,” Jordan noted. “There are lots of good people in the FBI. It’s the top that is the problem. Some of these good agents are coming to us, telling us what is baloney, what’s going on — the political nature now of the Justice Department — God bless them for doing it — talking about the school board issue, about a whole host of issues.”
Friend, who said he did not vote for Trump in 2020, said that he told his immediate supervisor on two occasions that he felt the raid and the investigation that led up to it were in violation of FBI policies as well as the suspect’s rights under the Sixth Amendment (right to a fair trial) and Eight Amendment (protection against cruel and unusual punishment).
Allegations contained in Friend’s complaint, which was obtained by The Post include:
- The Washington, DC, field office is “manipulating” FBI case management protocol and farming out J6 cases to field offices across the country to create the false impression that right-wing domestic violence is a widespread national problem that goes far beyond the “black swan” event of Jan. 6, 2021.
- As a result, he was listed as lead agent in cases he had not investigated and which his supervisor had not signed off on, in violation of FBI policy.
- FBI domestic terrorism cases are being opened on innocent American citizens who were nowhere near the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, based on anonymous tips to an FBI hotline or from Facebook spying on their messages. These tips are turned into investigative tools called “guardians,” after the FBI software that collates them.
- The FBI has post-facto designated a grassy area outside the Capitol as a restricted zone, when it was not restricted on Jan. 6, 2021, in order to widen the net of prosecutions.
- The FBI intends to prosecute everyone even peripherally associated with J6 and another wave of J6 subjects are about to be referred to the FBI’s Daytona Beach resident agency “for investigation and arrest.”
- The Jacksonville area was “inundated” with “guardian” notifications and FBI agents were dispatched to conduct surveillance and knock on people’s doors, including people who had not been in Washington, DC, on Jan. 6, 2021, or who had been to the Trump rally that day but did not go inside the Capitol.
Friend also said that he was pulled off cases investigating child sexual exploitation and human trafficking to work on Jan. 6 cases sent by higher-ups in D.C. He added that he believes being pulled from those cases has endangered the lives of children and harmed those investigations.