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October 3, 2022

Whistleblowers: The FBI Is Purging Its Conservative Agents

Multiple whistleblowers have since been targeted by the bureau in what appears to be unlawful retaliation against protected actions.

It’s official. The FBI is out of control.

Last week, we reported on the bureau’s thuggish and despicable early morning raid on the home of author and peaceful pro-life activist Mark Houck by 15-20 armed FBI agents — a raid that terrified Houck’s wife and seven children.

In recent weeks, we’ve also learned of the degree to which the FBI is cracking down on a small group of its own people — those whistleblowers who are fed up with the bureau’s unprecedented partisanship and have sought out and spoken to Republican senators and congressmen about it.

Our Mark Alexander wrote about one of these whistleblowers — Special Agent Steve Friend, an FBI SWAT member and an eight-year veteran agent who is one of the more than 20 agents who’ve come forward to Congress with formal complaints about the bureau’s rot. In August, Friend — who, incidentally, did not vote for Donald Trump in the 2020 election — was tasked with a SWAT raid against a January 6 riot suspect, but he refused because of what he believed to be the “overzealous” politicization of the J6 investigations leading to an ever-wider target list. “I have an oath to uphold the Constitution,” he told his superior. “I have a moral objection and want to be considered a conscientious objector.” For that, he was suspended, his credentials were seized, his security clearance was revoked, and he was escorted out of his Daytona Beach office building.

As for those other whistleblowers, they’re being targeted, too. To this end, Ohio Republican Jim Jordan, the ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, wrote a letter to FBI executive assistant director of Human Resources Jennifer Moore.

“During the course of this investigation,” Jordan wrote, “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 noted that many of those personnel actions had been signed by Moore, whom he said has “retaliated against at least one whistleblower who has made protected disclosures to Congress.”

“The law is clear,” Jordan said. “You don’t retaliate against whistleblowers. We’ve had multiple agents come to us and tell us about just how political the Justice Department has become.”

The bureau apparently has no idea what Jordan is talking about. “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 FBI] takes very seriously its responsibility to FBI employees who may make protected disclosures under the whistleblower regulations.”

Uh-huh. Either the bureau is lying, or these whistleblowers are lying.

Jordan says whistleblowers have told him that the FBI is “pulling agents off of child trafficking cases to focus on this political narrative that you see” and that the bureau is “juicing the numbers … to satisfy this narrative from President Biden, where he called half the country fascists and extremists.”

Jordan said his letter, which was cosigned by fellow Republicans Darrell Issa and Mike Johnson, also serves as a “formal request” for Moore and the FBI to preserve all existing and future records related to the investigation, including records created using text messages, phone-based message applications, or encryption software. If Republicans retake control of the House on November 8, and thereby retake the investigative committee gavels in January, we’ll have a chance to see just how well Moore and her colleagues have complied with his request.

Strange, but we aren’t hearing anything about this targeting of whistleblowers from the mainstream media and others on the Left — because the Left normally loves whistleblowers.

And if it weren’t bad enough that the FBI is targeting conservatives and conscientious objectors within its ranks, the bureau is also apparently lauding and promoting those who publicly support radical, progressive, anti-law-enforcement causes. As The Washington Times reports: “In one high-profile example, an FBI agent on duty demonstrated solidarity with Black Lives Matter marchers in Washington by ‘taking a knee’ as the protesters passed. … Among six on-duty agents in full FBI gear who ‘took a knee’ for BLM protesters in Washington was a female agent who later was promoted to the No. 2 supervisory post at the Washington field office.”

It’s hard to think of an American institution that’s fallen harder faster than today’s FBI. And deservedly so.

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