FBI Suspends Whistleblower Who Claimed Bureau Is Mishandling Jan. 6 Investigations: GOP

FBI Suspends Whistleblower Who Claimed Bureau Is Mishandling Jan. 6 Investigations: GOP
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) listens during a House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis hearing in Washington on Sept. 23, 2020. (Stefani Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)
Jack Phillips

House Republicans said Tuesday that the FBI suspended a whistleblower who pushed back against the bureau’s handling of Jan. 6 Capitol breach investigations.

“The FBI SUSPENDED a whistleblower for refusing to carry out the Bureau’s politicized investigations,” House Judiciary Republicans wrote on Twitter. It did not provide more details, including the identity of the alleged whistleblower or why the person was suspended.

The Twitter post also included portions of a recent letter sent by Republicans to FBI Director Christopher Wray, which contained allegations from the whistleblower in question. That person claimed that the FBI altered its rules to create the illusion that domestic violent extremism (DVE) appears more often than it really does.

“The FBI’s case categorization creates the illusion that threats from DVE are present in jurisdictions across the nation, when in reality they all stem from the same related investigation concerning the actions at the Capitol on January 6,” a letter sent by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) to FBI Director Christopher Wray read, which was also cited by House Judiciary Republicans in the Twitter post.

Describing the FBI processes as an “artificial case categorization scheme,” Jordan wrote that it allows FBI leaders to “misleadingly point to ‘significant’ increases in DVE threats nationwide.”

A spokesperson for the FBI declined to comment on the GOP’s allegations when contacted by The Epoch Times on Wednesday. The Epoch Times asked the FBI to confirm whether there is a whistleblower who accused the bureau of mishandling Jan. 6 investigations, if that person was suspended by the FBI, or the reasons why.

What the Whistleblower Alleged

“This scheme allows you to continue to support on paper your assertion that ‘[t]he FBI is a field-based law enforcement organization, and the vast majority of our investigations should continue to be worked by our field offices,’ while actually running the investigation from Washington,” the whistleblower was quoted as saying by the GOP letter.

At one point, the person asserted that the FBI’s leaders took agents away from child sexual abuse cases and assigned them to Jan. 6-related cases.

In response to the letter, a spokesperson for the FBI disputed those claims in a statement to The Epoch Times on Tuesday.

“The FBI is charged with protecting the American people from a wide variety of threats, from terrorism, cyber threats, and violent crime to public corruption, hate crimes, and crimes against children,” the spokesperson said, adding the agency’s “commitment to one does not come at the expense of another.”

The FBI, meanwhile, only “investigates individuals who commit or intend to commit violence and other criminal activity that constitutes a federal crime or poses a threat to national security,” the statement said.

Jordan’s letter to Wray requested the FBI director hand over all documents and communications relating to the FBI Washington’s procedures for opening Jan. 6 investigations, the number of agents involved, and other details about the probe.

Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter with 15 years experience who started as a local New York City reporter. Having joined The Epoch Times' news team in 2009, Jack was born and raised near Modesto in California's Central Valley. Follow him on X: https://twitter.com/jackphillips5
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