Rep. Jim Jordan laced into the FBI in a letter this week accusing the bureau of becoming highly politicized during President Biden’s tenure.
In an interview with Fox News Digital, the Ohio Republican said that agents who have contacted lawmakers making claims of abuse and misconduct within the agency have been punished, including having their security clearances revoked.
The outlet managed to obtain the letter from Jordan, in which he detailed the allegations of retaliation to to FBI executive assistant director of the Human Resources branch Jennifer Moore.
“During the course of this investigation, we have received protected whistleblower disclosures that the FBI is engaging in a ‘purge’ of employees with conservative views by revoking their security clearances and indefinitely suspending these employees,” Jordan wrote, going on to point out that Moore signed off on “many of the formal notices” for the actions against whistleblowing personnel.
Jordan noted further that Moore’s involvement appears to go deeper than just signing her name to the actions, claiming the HR officer has allegedly “retaliated against at least one whistleblower who has made protected disclosures to Congress.”
One whistleblower out of more than a dozen so far who have come forward and spoken to Jordan and other GOP lawmakers described Department of Justice moves last fall to designate parents who attend school board meetings to complain about woke, inappropriate curriculum as threats against the country and the schools themselves, adding that they should be prosecuted “when appropriate.”
“As we informed Director Christopher Wray, we take whistleblower retaliation seriously and we therefore require that you appear for a transcribed interview as soon as possible,” Jordan wrote in his letter.
Not surprisingly, an FBI spokesperson pushed back on the allegations in a statement to Fox News Digital.
“The FBI does not target or take adverse action against employees for exercising their First Amendment rights or for their political views; to allege otherwise is false and misleading,” the spokesperson said. “The FBI is required to follow established policies and procedures, to include a thorough investigation, when suspending or revoking a security clearance.”
The agency “takes very seriously its responsibility to FBI employees who may make protected disclosures under the whistleblower regulations,” the spokesperson added, according to the outlet.
“FBI employees who report evidence of wrongdoing through a protected disclosure are protected from retaliation,” the spokesperson noted.
In his letter, Jordan said that FBI whistleblowers said that Moore was “involved with the security clearance revocations for those employees targeted for their conservative views,” making it impossible for them to work for the bureau.
The FBI is also “juicing the numbers” on “domestic violent extremism” by pressuring agents to label cases as such even though they aren’t.
At the same time, the Ohio Republican said the FBI is “pulling agents off of child trafficking cases to focus on this political narrative that you see.”
“We refer to that as juicing the numbers—its pressure that is existing at the FBI to satisfy this narrative from President Biden, where he called half the country fascist and extremists,” Jordan told Fox News.
In the letter, Jordan instructed Moore to preserve all documents and communications so that if Republicans take control of the House in November, they can access them during oversight investigations.