Whistleblowers within the Federal Bureau of Investigation report officials demanded employees falsely classify cases in what appears to be an effort to support a Biden White House political campaign.
FBI officials pressured agents to reclassify cases as “domestic violent extremism” even if the cases do not meet the criteria for such a classification, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan states in a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray.
The push to falsify data came at the same time the Biden White House began a political effort to claim his critics were promoting terrorism, fueling concerns by watchdogs that “woke” FBI bureaucrats in Washington have adopted a partisan political agenda of interfering in elections on behalf of Democrats.
“Given the narrative pushed by the Biden Administration that domestic violent extremism is the ‘greatest threat’ facing our country, the revelation that the FBI may be artificially padding domestic terrorism data is scandalous,” Jordan notes.
“These whistleblower allegations that the FBI is padding its domestic violent extremist data cheapens actual examples of violent extremism. This information also reinforces our concerns—about which we have written to you several times—regarding the FBI’s politicization under your leadership,” writes Jordan.
“As we have detailed, multiple whistleblowers have disclosed how the Biden FBI is conducting a “purge” of FBI employees holding conservative views. You have ignored these concerns. It appears instead that the FBI is more focused on classifying investigations to meet a woke left-wing agenda,” Jordan adds.
Jordan cited reports directly from FBI employees:
New whistleblower disclosures made by multiple FBI employees from different field offices indicate that the Biden Administration’s narrative may be misleading. We have received accusations that FBI agents are bolstering the number of cases of DVEs to satisfy their superiors.
For example, one whistleblower explained that because agents are not finding enough DVE cases, they are encouraged and incentivized to reclassify cases as DVE cases even though there is minimal, circumstantial evidence to support the reclassification.
Another whistleblower—who led at least one high profile domestic terrorism investigation—stated that a field office Counterterrorism Assistant Special Agent in Charge and the FBI’s Director of the Counterterrorism Division have pressured agents to move cases into the DVE category to hit self-created performance metrics.
According to whistleblowers, the FBI uses these metrics to dispense awards and promotions. Every whistleblower has called it an environment of “pressure” within the FBI.
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