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Rep. Speier says Republicans should be called ‘terrorists’

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Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) said Democrats should start labeling Republicans as terrorists in a tweet posted on Monday.

“The Republicans have been calling Democrats the radical left. Time to call Republicans the terrorist right?,” she wrote on Twitter.

Speier’s tweet received strong support on social media, including from “One Tree Hill” actress Sophia Bush, who replied, “it’s been time.”

“The Republican Party has become a deranged group of political fanatics,” a Twitter user said in response to Speier. “They’ve descended away from the principles of the constitution and into political fanaticism. Their deranged fanaticism is dangerous and it is making the domestic terrorist threat grow in our country.”

Another user replied, “Trump Talibanners?”

Speier’s office didn’t immediately respond to this reporter’s request for comment. The story will be updated if and when a statement is received.

Follow Annaliese Levy on Twitter @AnnalieseLevy.

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Whistleblower: FBI manipulating cases to create ‘illusion’ of domestic violent extremism

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In a letter addressed to FBI Director Christopher Wray, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said a whistleblower has come forward detailing how the FBI is manipulating cases related to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot to create “the illusion” that domestic violent extremism is a widespread problem in the United States.

Jordan, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, claimed the “manipulative case-file practice” was being conducted by the bureau’s Washington field office, which was instructing local FBI offices to open up cases on their books that were in fact simply related to the Capitol breach.

“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,” Jordan wrote.

“Such an artificial case categorization scheme allows FBI leadership to misleadingly point to ‘significant’ increases in DVE threats nationwide,” he added.

Jordan noted this particular whistleblower is just one of many with similar information: “consistent with disclosures we have received from other whistleblowers that high-ranking FBI officials — including a senior WFO official — are pressing front-line agents to categorize cases as DVE matters to fit a political narrative.”

The letter also brought attention to the inappropriate amount of resources the department has devoted to the January 6 Capitol riots:

“The whistleblower disclosed that the FBI is sacrificing its other important federal law-enforcement duties to pursue January 6 investigations,” Jordan wrote. “The whistleblower recalled, for example, being told that child sexual abuse material investigations were no longer an FBI priority and should be referred to local law enforcement agencies.

“Such a posture is not only a dereliction of the FBI’s mission to investigate violations of federal laws, but it is a grave disservice to the victims of child sexual abuse and other crimes that do not advance the FBI leadership’s political agenda.”

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