Rep. Jim Jordan fired off an angry letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray this week after being informed about a whistleblower report stating agents who engaged in a First Amendment activity are being retaliated against.
Specifically, the Ohio Republican is asking Wray to explain why agents who attended a peaceful political rally on Jan. 6 to hear then-President Donald Trump speak are being persecuted.
“We have been alerted that the Federal Bureau of Investigation appears to be attempting to terminate the employment of FBI employees who were engaged in protected First Amendment activity on January 6, 2021,” Jordan wrote in a Friday to FBI Director Christopher Wray.
“According to several whistleblowers, the FBI is suspending the security clearances of FBI employees for their participation in protected First Amendment activity on January 6, 2021,” the letter continued.
The Federalist reported:
Revocation of security clearances often signals the first step in employment termination as those clearances are required for agency personnel. On Wednesday, Jordan’s office received notice that the Department of Justice had opened a probe into whether the law enforcement agency is violating civil service laws by its conduct.
One employee, whose identity has been redacted, faces agency expulsion after three decades of service — 20 in the military and 10 with the FBI. The targeted individual is allegedly among several who attended public events in the capital with their spouses while on leave. Attendance at any and all events on Jan. 6, however, have become criminalized by House Democrats in collusion with the Biden administration, who have conflated peaceful White House demonstrations with the violence on Capitol Hill.
In October, Biden’s FBI blocked GOP requests to review the same materials that were offered to Democrats in relation to the Capitol riot.
The same bureau also began to target parents who showed up at school board meetings with concerns about curriculum being presented to their children such as sexually explicit materials. They were labeled with domestic terrorism tags, The Federalist noted.
“Given these facts, it is extremely concerning that the FBI would seek to suspend the security clearances of these employees and begin the process to potentially terminate their employment altogether,” Jordan wrote on Friday.
“Even more insulting is that the FBI would openly question the patriotism of long-time FBI employees, including at least one veteran, because they exercised their First Amendment rights on their personal time without breaking any laws,” he added.