On Friday, the FBI responded to a new 1000-page report that explained in detail whistleblower allegations of FBI misconduct and politicization at the highest levels of the Department of Justice.
House Republicans released a new report on Friday morning in which the GOP states: “The Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the stewardship of Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland, is broken.” The report continues to say that “The problem lies not with the majority of front-line agents who serve our country, but with the FBI’s politicized bureaucracy.”
The report is “the first comprehensive accounting of the FBI’s problems to date, which undermine the FBI’s fundamental law-enforcement mission,” Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee say. It features testimony from whistleblowers who claim FBI leadership in Washington, D.C., is “rotted at its core,” and allege that there is a “systemic culture of unaccountability,” saying the bureau is beset by “rampant corruption, manipulation, and abuse.”
The FBI responded to the report in a statement Friday night.
“The FBI has testified to Congress and responded to letters from legislators on numerous occasions to provide an accurate accounting of how we do our work. The men and women of the FBI devote themselves to protecting the American people from terrorism, violent crime, cyber threats and other dangers. Put quite simply: we follow the facts without regard for politics. While outside opinions and criticism often come with the job, we will continue to follow the facts wherever they lead, do things by the book, and speak through our work,” the statement read.
The report primarily claims that there exists systemic political bias against conservatives. Some allegations were previously disclosed with one claiming that the FBI is artificially inflating statistics about domestic violent extremism to fit the White House narrative on supposed dangers to democracy, or that counterterrorism authorities were told to investigate parents who spoke against school boards in meetings.
However, more allegations were contained, including those which suggest that the FBI is actively seeking to “purge” employees with conservative views as well as anyone who dissents from “woke” diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.
Whistleblowers also say that “political meddling” by the FBI “is dragging the criminal side [of the Bureau] down” as resources are “pulled away” from investigating crimes. One whistleblower alleged he was “told that child sexual abuse material investigations were no longer an FBI priority and should be referred to local law enforcement agencies.”
House Judiciary Committee ranking member Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) has discussed these and other allegations for months. He and Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) have sent letters to the Justice Department and FBI leadership, demanding that they respond to the whistleblower allegations. Those letters are contained in the report.
“Americans deserve to have confidence that the enormous power and reach of federal law enforcement will be used fairly and free of any indication of politicization. The FBI has the power, quite literally, to ruin a person’s life — to invade their residence, to take their property, and even to deprive them of their liberty,” the report says.
“The potential abuse of this power, or even the appearance of abuse, erodes the fundamental principle of equality under the law and confidence in the rule of law. The FBI’s tremendous power is precisely why the people’s elected representatives in Congress must conduct vigorous oversight, particularly in light of allegations of abuse and misconduct made to date.”
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