According to new FBI whistleblower information shared by the House Judiciary Committee, the FBI has been moving agents off of child sexual abuse investigations and on to cases involving domestic extremism.
The committee wrote a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray; excerpts below:
“We continue to hear from brave whistleblowers about disturbing conduct at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, including politicization within the Washington Field Office (WFO),” said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Ranking Member on the Committee, at the start of the letter. “On July 27, 2022, we wrote to you about protected whistleblower disclosures that FBI officials including an Assistant Special Agent in Charge from the WFO-were pressuring agents to reclassify cases as ‘domestic violent extremism’ (DVEs) even if the cases do not meet the criteria for such a classification.”
“In other words, the FBI’s case categorization creates the illusion that threats from DVE are present in jurisdictions across the nation, when in reality they all stem from the same related investigation concerning the actions at the Capitol on January 6,” Jordan’s letter stated. “Such an artificial case categorization scheme allows FBI leadership to misleadingly point to ‘significant’ increases in DVE threats nationwide. These allegations are consistent with disclosures we have received from other whistleblowers that high-ranking FBI officials–including a senior WFO official–are pressing front-line agents to categorize cases as DVE matters to fit a political narrative.”
“In addition, the whistleblower disclosed that the FBI is sacrificing its other important federal law-enforcement duties to pursue January 6 investigations,” the letter added. “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.’ 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 House Judiciary Committee shared the letter on Twitter, accusing the FBI of suspending a whistleblower for refusing to carry out politicized investigations.
Read the letter below.
The FBI SUSPENDED a whistleblower for refusing to carry out the Bureau’s politicized investigations.
Can you imagine the media outrage if President Trump did this? pic.twitter.com/1dhB4nmnHz
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) September 20, 2022