House Republicans released a new report on Friday detailing whistleblower allegations of FBI misconduct and politicization at the highest levels of the Department of Justice.
“The Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the stewardship of Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland, is broken,” the GOP report states. “The problem lies not with the majority of front-line agents who serve our country, but with the FBI’s politicized bureaucracy.”
Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee say this report is “the first comprehensive accounting of the FBI’s problems to date, which undermine the FBI’s fundamental law-enforcement mission.”
The report features testimony from whistleblowers who describe FBI leadership in Washington, D.C., as “rotted at its core.” They allege a “systemic culture of unaccountability” and say the bureau is beset by “rampant corruption, manipulation, and abuse.”
Broadly, the report alleges systemic political bias against conservatives.
Some allegations were previously disclosed, such as accusations 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 instructed to investigate parents who spoke out at school board meetings.
Other allegations suggest that the FBI is actively seeking to “purge” employees with conservative views and those who dissent from “woke” diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.
Additionally, whistleblowers say the FBI’s “political meddling” “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-Ohio) has spoken about several of these allegations for months. He and Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) have sent letters to the Justice Department and FBI leadership demanding answers on the whistleblower allegations they have received, and those letters are contained within the report.
Jim Jordan: Yeah, look at our job is to get the facts to the American people. We’ve released this report today which just shows how bad things have gotten at the FBI in the DOJ. It’s, it’s all driven by politics now over there and that is, I mean that’s, look we live in the greatest country ever, but America is not America if you have a justice department that treats people differently under the law. It supposed to be equal treatment under the law. That’s not happening and we know it’s not happening because fourteen brave FBI agents came to us as whistleblowers and told us what exactly is going on here. Started with the school board issue, but it’s also this, this juicing numbers on domestic violent extremism cases, and then, of course, just the politics that are rampant. They’re actually purging now, we’ve had a whistleblower tell us they’re getting rid of Conservative Republican type FBI agents. So, that’s the problem. Our job is to get the facts to the people and then let’s hope, at some point, we have a justice department that actually holds people accountable for the wrongdoing.