These employees did nothing wrong, only attended a rally for a political candidate (and then-President of The United States) that the Party doesn't like.
The FBI is quietly suspending the security clearances of employees who attended protests before last year's Capitol riot, The Post has learned.
The decision is drawing pushback from Republicans who say the FBI staffers aren't charged with crimes and are having their First Amendment rights trampled.
The FBI's move was described in a Friday letter from the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee.
"One such targeted employee is [redacted] working in the FBI's [redacted] who also honorably served in the United States military for over 20 years," Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) wrote to FBI Director Christopher Wray.
"[Redacted] has been working for the FBI for more than a decade. According to whistleblowers, while on leave, these FBI employees attended public events in Washington, D.C., with their spouses. We have been told that [redacted] and the other FBI employees did not enter the United States Capitol, have not been charged with any crime, and have not been contacted by law enforcement about their actions."
Think about that.
This is a purge, and we all know it. Anyone who supported Trump in the FBI is being culled. What do you think this will do to the FBI's ability to operate objectively and justly?
This is the kind of thing the secret police in Iran, China, and Cuba do.
It's unclear how many FBI employees are impacted. However, Jordan's letter says multiple FBI employees have been affected. He also claims the Justice Department inspector general "is now examining whether the FBI's actions violate federal civil service laws."
Jordan wrote that the yanking of security clearances would effectively terminate employees, even if they are not charged with criminal wrongdoing linked to the riot.
"Because a security clearance is required for FBI positions, the suspension of the security clearance means the FBI has suspended these employees from work indefinitely. Such a suspension is likely to be the first step in terminating employment," Jordan wrote.
It's unreal. And it's so insanely dangerous. At least half of America doesn't trust the FBI any more, but is actively starting to see them as the enemies that will inevitably haul their families to the gulag one day.
Meanwhile, these guys are probably getting a pay raise:
"The totality of the FBI's actions as relayed to us present the appearance that the FBI may be retaliating against these employees for disfavored political speech," Jordan wrote.
"This perception is buttressed by documented examples of political bias ingrained [in] the FBI's leadership culture — for example, when a senior FBI official wrote derisively to a colleague that he ‘could SMELL the Trump support' at a Walmart in southern Virginia, or when an FBI attorney altered evidence in support of the FBI's warrantless surveillance of a Trump campaign associate."
Rep. Jordan has called for a staff briefing on this issue by May 20.
"While FBI employees may not participate in partisan political campaigns, FBI employees do not give up their rights to engage in political speech activity," Jordan wrote. "We have serious concerns that the FBI appears to be retaliating against employees for engaging in political speech disfavored by FBI leadership."
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