Ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee Rep. Jim Jordan sent a scathing letter to the Department of Justice and FBI Wednesday advising them that his committee will conduct investigations into the expansion of power within the bureau and DOJ, if Republicans reclaim the House majority.
The Ohio congressman told #TheSaraCarterShow this week that if he is given the chairmanship of the Judiciary Committee the first order of business will be to set into motion a series of investigations that will unravel what numerous FBI whistleblowers have shared with his committee and the Senate.
Jordan explained on my podcast that the FBI has lost the public’s trust and that the bureau has been weaponized by those in charge. He said both the DOJ and FBI have a responsibility to the American people to be transparent. I agree with him whole-heartedly.
“(The FBI) has been weaponized. And we know that because 14 different agents have come to us and taken whistleblower status, and told us how bad it is,” he said. “And you’re right, that country sees it for what’s happening. Think about the last two months, the last two months, we’ve seen a rate the home of a former President take the phone of a sitting member of Congress and kick in the door of a pro life leader, arrest him in front of his wife and seven children for something local law enforcement, local judge says was not a problem, not a crime.”
“They get all that and a couple of months, so the country knows how bad it’s gotten,” he told me on the podcast. “And it’s one of the factors that’s weighing in on this decision and this move by the people to say, we’re going to throw these Democrats out of office, and we’re gonna put Republicans in charge of the Congress, which as you and I both know, is a good thing for the country.”
He also informed me that that there will also be extensive investigations into the stringent federal restrictions put into place during the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Anthony Fauci’s role, as well as an investigation into alleged NIH funding into gain of function research.
sent to Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray. Jordan also calls on the agencies to retain and preserve all documents related to the committees possible future investigations.
He gave Merrick and Garland until Nov. 16 to produce the documents.
In the letter, Jordan also demanded that the DOJ and FBI save all information and documents including the targeting of journalists “with Project Veritas, the shuttering of the Department’s China Initiative, the Department’s one-sided enforcement of the FACE Act, and the Department’s unprecedented raid on President Trump’s residence.”
He told Wray in his letter that the committee will also investigate “allegations of politicization and bias at the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”
The ranking member noted in the letter to Wray that “as a part of this oversight, Committee Republicans have sent you letters requesting documents and information on several matters, including but not limited to whistleblower disclosures alleging the FBI’s improper use of law-enforcement resources for political purposes and the FBI’s ‘purging’ of employees with disfavored viewpoints. To date, the FBI has not sufficiently responded to any of our specific requests for documents or information. Our various requests to you, accordingly, remain outstanding.”
Jordan warned that the “FBI is not immune from transparency or above accountability for its actions.”
“Committee Republicans intend to continue to examine the politicization and bias at the FBI, including into the 118th Congress if necessary,” he added.
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