Jordan: FBI ‘manipulating’ Jan 6 case files so extremism looks widespread

FBI whistleblower claims bureau is ‘deliberately manipulating’ January 6 cases to fit the ‘political narrative’ that domestic violent extremism is widespread across the US, Republican Jim Jordan says

  • GOP Rep. Jim Jordan said FBI whistleblowers told him the agency is ‘deliberately manipulating’ January 6 case files so extremism looks more widespread 
  • In a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray dated Monday, Jordan shared with the Trump-appointee what he’d been told 
  • Cases were originating where suspects live ‘to create a false and misleading narrative that domestic violent extremism is increasing around the country’ 
  • Jordan also told Wray that whistleblowers told him January 6 cases were being given precedent over ‘child sexual abuse material investigations’ 
  • Jordan, a top ally of Trump’s, has been encouraging federal officials to come forward as whistleblowers since the FBI raided Mar-a-Lago last month 

Republican Rep. Jim Jordan said FBI whistleblowers have come forward to tell him that the bureau is  ‘deliberately manipulating’ how case files related to January 6 are maintained to fit the ‘political narrative’ that domestic extremism is on the rise in the U.S.

Jordan shared a letter he wrote Monday to FBI Director Christopher Wray where he claims that the FBI is running cases out of the local field offices where January 6 suspects reside – instead of from Washington, D.C., where the Capitol attack occurred – ‘in order to create a false and misleading narrative that domestic violent extremism is increasing around the country.’

‘Instead of hundreds of investigations stemming from a single, black swan incident at the Capitol, FBI and DOJ officials point to significant increases in domestic violent extremism and terrorism around the United States,’ a whistleblower is quoted by Jordan in the letter, obtained by Just The News

Rep. Jim Jordan

FBI Director Christopher Wray

Republican Rep. Jim Jordan (left) wrote a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray (right) saying that whistleblowers had come forward and informed him the way the FBI is treating January 6 cases is ‘deliberately manipulating’ how widespread the problem of domestic extremism is

Jordan told Wray that whistleblowers said the FBI is running cases out of the local field offices where January 6 suspects reside - instead of from Washington, D.C. (pictured), where the Capitol attack occurred - to make extremism look more geographically widespread

Jordan told Wray that whistleblowers said the FBI is running cases out of the local field offices where January 6 suspects reside – instead of from Washington, D.C. (pictured), where the Capitol attack occurred – to make extremism look more geographically widespread 

Jordan, the top Republican serving on the House Judiciary Committee, also cited whistleblowers telling him that January 6 cases were taking precedent over others. 

‘The whistleblower recalled, for example, being “told that child sexual abuse material investigations were no longer an FBI priority and should be referred to local law enforcement agencies,”‘ Jordan wrote. 

‘Such a posture is not only a dereliction of the FBI’s mission to investigate violations of federal laws, but it is a grave disservice to the victims of child sexual abuse and other crimes that do not advance the FBI leadership’s political agenda,’ the Ohio Republican added. 

He demanded that Wray, who was appointed by former President Donald Trump, deliver him a number of documents by October 3. 

Jordan, a top ally of Trump’s, has been encouraging federal officials to come forward as whistleblowers since the FBI raided Mar-a-Lago last month. 

‘Don’t let Attorney General [Merrick] Garland chill your rights as whistleblowers,’ he tweeted on August 31. ‘You have the right to speak to Congress without interference.’ 

Trump and his allies have pushed that the FBI and DOJ have become politically tainted – and the investigations into Trump, including into his role in January 6 and into his handling of classified information – amount to ‘witch hunts,’ ordered by President Joe Biden.

Biden and the White House have said the DOJ and FBI are acting independently – and Biden has defended the FBI in recent speeches. 

‘I’m opposed to defunding the police,’ he said. ‘I’m also opposed to defunding the FBI,’ he said at an event in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on August 30. 

Biden has linked Trump-aligned Republicans to domestic extremism.  

At a fundraiser in Maryland last month, Biden said Trump and his allies prescribed to something like ‘semi-fascism.’ 

Later that night, he said he didn’t respect ‘MAGA Republicans’ because ‘they refuse to accept the will of the people, they embrace political violence [and] they don’t believe in democracy.’ 

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