After chaos and violence erupted in Washington D.C. last weekend following the “Million MAGA March,” Republicans on Capitol Hill are demanding hearings to examine the violence against Trump supporters, FoxNews reports.
House Oversight Committee Ranking Member James Comer, Rep. Jody Hice and Rep. Chip Roy wrote a letter to Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney regarding the lack of action taken by the city’s leaders amid the violence last weekend.
“We respectfully request a hearing on the violence directed at supporters of President Trump on November 14, 2020. These supporters were exercising their First Amendment right to peacefully assemble within the District of Columbia,” they wrote to Maloney. “The failure of the city’s leaders to afford basic protections to persons who may hold different political viewpoints from their own appears to be another concerning example of viewpoint discrimination in the District.”
The Republican members wrote a separate letter to D.C. Mayor, Muriel Bowser, requesting information on how her office plans to work with city police to “ensure the safety of those who seek to peacefully exercise First Amendment rights within the District.”
“These brazen attacks are part of a continuing trend against leftist agitators perpetrating acts of violence against individuals in the District under your watch,” they wrote. “The right to peacefully assemble in our nation’s capital under the First Amendment is paramount. This is true regardless of who is doing the protesting or the popularity or unpopularity of their cause.”
The lawmakers criticized Bowser for her “silence” following the violence against Trump supporters. It “suggests you apply these principles only for those who share your same political opinions,” they wrote.
Trump also condemned Bowser on Twitter, claiming she was not “doing her job,” and urged the city’s police force to “get going – do your job and don’t hold back!!”
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FBI punishing employees who attended Jan 6 rally by revoking security clearances
The official Twitter account of the GOP House Judiciary Committee released an alarming warning: “Whistleblowers alert that the FBI appears to be attempting to terminate the employment of employees who were engaged in protected First Amendment activity on January 6, 2021.”
#NEWS: Whistleblowers alert that the FBI appears to be attempting to terminate the employment of employees who were engaged in protected First Amendment activity on January 6, 2021.
The employees did not enter the United States Capitol and have not been charged with any crime. pic.twitter.com/0WCIOsg620
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) May 6, 2022
A letter from ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH), to FBI Director Christopher Wray, addresses how several whistleblowers exposed the FBI of stripping employees of security clearances.
The letter cites claims of multiple whistleblowers who say the FBI has been purposely punishing those who attended then-president Donald Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally on January 6, 2021, by revoking their clearances. Reportedly many of them did not even enter the U.S. Capitol.
“While FBI employees may not participate in partisan political campaigns, [they] do not give up their rights to engage in political speech activity,” wrote Jordan. “We have serious concerns that the FBI appears to be retaliating against employees for engaging in political speech disfavored by FBI leadership,” he added.
The primary whistleblower is described as a 20-year veteran of the FBI and U.S. military. Jordan believes the FBI’s actions could potentially result in the administrative extermination of the individuals’ employment because the FBI requires top-secret security clearances for majority of its employees.
Jordan has required that the FBI brief the committee on the security clearances matter by May 20.
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