GOP Rep. Jim Jordan: FBI ‘purging’ employees with conservative viewpoints ahead of Jan. 6 hearings


Republican Rep. Jim Jordan claims FBI is ‘purging’ employees with conservative viewpoints ahead of the January 6 hearings

  • Representative Jim Jordan sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray again alleging the agency is retaliating against agents with ‘conservative views’ 
  • Said FBI is engaged in a ‘purge’ that suspends or places agents on leave for sharing ‘protected First Amendment’ speech 
  • At least six agents have come forward to the Judiciary Committee ranking member with complaints against the FBI for treatment of right-leaning agents
  • Complaints are related to a school board memo and January 6 Capitol attack 
  • Letter comes just two days before the House select committee on the January 6 riot is set to hold its first of a series of public hearings

Jim Jordan alleged the FBI is engaged in a ‘purge’ of conservative agents in a letter to the agency’s director Tuesday where the Ohio Republican lawmaker again demanded just two days before the January 6 hearings kick off a briefing on the matter.

‘We continue to investigate allegations that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is retaliating against FBI employees for engaging in disfavored political speech,’ wrote Jordan, who is the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee.

Specifically, the lawmaker said FBI employees are being retaliated against with suspension or pushed out regarding their speech about the January 6 Capitol attack last year.

The correspondence to FBI Director Christopher Wray from Jordan is a follow up from a letter from the month prior detailing examples of the FBI suspending 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.’

Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler and Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz were both sent copies of the letter.

One example Jordan included in the letter, which redacted the name and positions of the individuals, was about an employee who had his security clearance suspended by the FBI – and eventually was ‘indefinitely suspended from duty and pay.’

Representative Jim Jordan sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray again alleging the agency is retaliating against agents with 'conservative  views'

Representative Jim Jordan sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray again alleging the agency is retaliating against agents with ‘conservative  views’

He said that the agency is engaged in a 'purge' that suspends or places agents on leave for shring 'protected First Amendment' speech

He said that the agency is engaged in a ‘purge’ that suspends or places agents on leave for shring ‘protected First Amendment’ speech

‘[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.’

The Trump ally also said a separate ‘whistleblower, who has since left the FBI’ told him about retaliation they received for criticizing the FBI in an anonymous survey taken of employees 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 said that the employee had never received disciplinary action under after he criticized the FBI.

Jordan also told Fox News; Laura Ingraham on Tuesday evening that a total of six FBI officials have approached the committee about retaliation from the agency related to their conservative viewpoints.

Two individuals brought issues related to a school board’s memo and the four others were related to January 6.

The letter to Wray, sent Tuesday, comes just two days before the House select committee probing the January 6 attack is set to begin its public hearings that will attempt to peg the event on former President Donald Trump’s rhetoric surrounding the 2020 election.

The first hearing will take place on Thursday at 8:00 p.m. and is being produced by former ABC News President James Goldston.

Jordan was subpoenaed to appear before the panel for the high profile hearings, but pushed back against the Democratic-led investigation.

He asked the committee in a letter last month to provide him with all of the materials it plans on using to question him ahead of any deposition as well as an explanation of the legal authority the committee relied on in issuing 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 just one of five House Republicans the committee subpoenaed in May. The others are House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Representatives Andy Biggs of Arizona, Scott Perry of Pennsylvania and Mo Brooks of Alabama.

The House Judiciary Republicans said in their letter Tuesday that they are ‘conducting oversight to ensure the FBI is not retaliating against FBI employees for exercising their First Amendment rights and engaging in disfavored 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.

Wray has opposed claims against the FBI for political bias of right-wing voices and has defended investigations into people involved in the Capitol riot last year.

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