According to House Judiciary Committee Republicans, multiple former FBI officials have suggested the bureau is “purging” employees with conservative viewpoints.
Congressman Jim Jordan, a ranking member of the panel, sent a letter to Director Christopher Wray on Tuesday detailing the allegations related to the events of January 6.
“In one such example, the FBI targeted and suspended the security clearance of a retired war servicemember who had disclosed personal views that the FBI was not being entirely forthcoming about the events of January 6. The FBI questioned the whistleblower’s allegiance to the United States despite the fact that the whistleblower honorably served in the United States military for several years — including deployments in Kuwait and Iraq — valiantly earning multiple military commendation medals,” a press release for the letter states.
“In addition, another whistleblower, who has since left the FBI, has informed us that [REDACTED] faced retaliation for criticizing the FBI in an anonymous survey circulated by the [REDACTED] to employees following January 6,” the letter reads.
“We are conducting oversight to ensure the FBI is not retaliating against FBI employees for exercising their First Amendment rights and engaging in disfavored political speech,” he wrote in the new letter.
Jordan told Fox News host Laura Ingraham on Tuesday that, in total, six FBI officials have approached the committee. It is not just the events of January 6 that have caused the alleged FBI purge. There are two connected to a controversy surrounding a school board memo and four related to January 6.
The names of the former FBI officials do not appear, as the letter features several redactions. Still, Jordan emphasized multiple “whistleblowers have called it a ‘purge’ of FBI employees holding conservative views.”