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Rep. Jim Jordan has put President Joe Biden and his Justice Department on notice days after FBI agents conducted an unprecedented raid on the residence of a former president.
The Ohio Republican, the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, told Fox News host Trey Gowdy, a former GOP lawmaker from South Carolina, that some 14 FBI whistleblowers have come forward following the raid a week ago on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla.
The Washington Examiner reports:
During a conversation about alleged politicization at the Justice Department, along with former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe, Jordan made the case that the public has “figured it out” when it comes to what he characterized as the Left generating a lie, the “Big Media” reporting the lie, Big Tech amplifying the lie, and then both piling on Republicans when they catch on and say something. He said there are agents in the bureau who have realized the same.
“Fourteen FBI agents have come to our office as whistleblowers, and they are good people,” Jordan noted. “There are lots of good people in the FBI. It’s the top that is the problem. Some of these good agents are coming to us, telling us what is baloney, what’s going on — the political nature now of the Justice Department — God bless them for doing it — talking about the school board issue, about a whole host of issues.”
Around two months ago, Jordan told Fox News host Laura Ingraham that a half-dozen agents had approached his committee regarding a controversial order from Attorney General Merrick Garland for the FBI to begin monitoring parents who showed up to local school board meetings angry about divisive curriculum and sexually explicit materials in libraries. In addition, four of the six agents expressed concerns regarding the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol Building.
At the time — early June — Jordan sent FBI Director Christopher Wray a letter warning that several of his agents had come forward with whistleblower complaints including one claiming that the bureau was “purging” staff with conservative points of view, the Examiner added.
In the Senate, meanwhile, Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) has revealed that his staff has also received whistleblower complaints and revelations including those related to the federal probe of first son Hunter Biden.
“It is becoming a well-worn trail of agents who say, ‘This has got to stop.’ And thank goodness for them,” Jordan said on Sunday.
For his part, Grassley has accused Biden’s Justice Department and FBI of covering up for the president’s son, who has been variously accused of violating tax and foreign lobbying statutes as well as lying on a federal firearms background check form.
Both agencies have been accused by “highly credible whistleblowers” of burying “verified and verifiable” information about the president’s son as “disinformation,” according to Iowa GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley, the New York Post reported.
The senator, who is the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, sent his blistering letter to Wray as well as Garland last month.
In the letter, he said that if the allegations were proven it would indicate that both the DOJ and FBI are “institutionally corrupted to their very core.”
“The information provided to my office involves concerns about the FBI’s receipt and use of derogatory information relating to Hunter Biden and the FBI’s false portrayal of acquired evidence as disinformation. The volume and consistency of these allegations substantiate their credibility and necessitate this letter,” the senator wrote.
“First, it’s been alleged that the FBI developed information in 2020 about Hunter Biden’s criminal financial and related activity. It is further alleged that in August 2020, FBI Supervisory Intelligence Analyst Brian Auten opened an assessment that was used by an FBI Headquarters (“FBI HQ”) team to improperly discredit negative Hunter Biden information as disinformation and caused investigative activity to cease,” Grassley added.
“Based on allegations, verified and verifiable derogatory information on Hunter Biden was falsely labeled as disinformation,” he said.
“The basis for how the FBI HQ team selected the specific information for inclusion in Auten’s assessment is unknown, but in more than one instance the focus of the FBI HQ team’s attention involved derogatory information about Hunter Biden. Accordingly, the allegations provided to my office appear to indicate that there was a scheme in place among certain FBI officials to undermine derogatory information connected to Hunter Biden by falsely suggesting it was disinformation,” the letter added.