by Debra Heine
FBI whistleblowers have disclosed to Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee that FBI officials have been “pressuring” agents to “artificially pad” domestic violence extremist (DVE) data, and have even dispensed “awards and promotions” to those who met the Bureau’s DVE investigation quotas.
In a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray, Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan, the ranking Republican on the committee, said: “From recent protected disclosures, we have learned that FBI officials are pressuring agents to reclassify cases as ‘domestic violent extremism’ even if the cases do not meet the criteria for such a classification.” He continued: “Given the narrative pushed by the Biden administration that domestic violent extremism is the ‘greatest threat’ facing our country, revelation that the FBI may be artificially padding domestic terrorism data is scandalous.”
The whistleblowers also allege, according to Jordan, that the Biden FBI has been conducting a “purge” of FBI employees who hold conservative views.
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The FBI defines a domestic violent extremist (DVE) as “an individual based and operating primarily within the United States or its territories without direction or inspiration from
a foreign terrorist group or other foreign power who seeks to further political or social goals wholly or in part through unlawful acts of force or violence.”
The Bureau under Biden has made investigating domestic terrorism a top priority, doubling the number of DVE investigations by June of 2021. Since Biden took office, his administration has taken aggressive steps to punish his political enemies, whether they be Trump supporters who protested at the Capitol on January 6, or parents protesting mask mandates, critical race theory, or LGBTQ curricula at school boards.
In official internal documents, Biden’s Department of Homeland Security classifies those who dispute official regime narratives on “the origins and effects of COVID-19 vaccines,” “the efficacy of masks,” the validity of the 2020 election,” classifying them as purveyors of dangerous “mis-, dis- or mal-information (MDM).” DHS set up a “Disinformation Governance Board” (DGB) earlier this year to deal with these “extreme” Americans, although the effort was reportedly “paused” after a massive pushback from Republicans.
According to Jordan’s letter, the whistleblowers said that because there aren’t enough legitimate domestic terrorism cases, FBI agents have been “bolstering the number of cases of DVEs to satisfy their superiors.”
One whistleblower said agents are “encouraged and incentivized to reclassify cases as DVE cases even though there is minimal, circumstantial evidence to support the reclassification,” Jordan wrote in the letter, which was cc’d to Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), the current Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and Michael Horowitz, the Inspector General of the Department of Justice.
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.
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. 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 requested that Wray provide the following documents and information:
1. All documents and communications referring or relating to eGuardians, preliminary
investigations, and full investigations classified as domestic violent extremism, including
by type of case, for the period of January 1, 2020, to the present;
2. All documents and communications between or among employees of the Federal Bureau
of Investigation, the Department of Justice, and the Executive Office of the President
referring or relating to classifying or reclassifying domestic violent extremism cases, for
the period of January 1, 2020, to the present;
3. The total number of preliminary investigations and full investigations of domestic violent
extremism, including by type of case, for the period of January 1, 2020, to the present;
4. The total number of Confidential Human Sources that contributed to any reports of
domestic violent extremism cases, for the period of January 1, 2020, to the present.
Whistleblowers from the FBI have also contacted Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee with information about the deliberate and widespread effort at the FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) to suppress revelations about Joe Biden’s morally and politically corrupt son Hunter Biden, and his incriminating “laptop from hell.”
Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on Monday sent an open letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland detailing the allegations.
“The information provided to my office involves concerns about the FBI’s receipt and use of derogatory information relating to Hunter Biden, and the FBI’s false portrayal of acquired evidence as disinformation,” Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, wrote. “The volume and consistency of these allegations substantiate their credibility and necessitate this letter.”
An intelligence analyst behind the FBI’s botched Trump-Russia collusion probe is now accused of using the bureau’s authority to discredit reports about Hunter Biden’s criminal activity months before the 2020 presidential election.
The whistleblowers said FBI Intelligence analyst Brian Auten was behind an August 2020 report that FBI officials used as part of a “scheme…to undermine derogatory information connected to Hunter Biden by falsely suggesting it was disinformation.”
Auten, it turns out, was also involved with the FBI’s corrupt Trump-Russia collusion investigation Crossfire Hurricane, according to the Washington Free Beacon.
Auten was a key figure in Crossfire Hurricane, the counterintelligence investigation into Donald Trump’s potential ties to Russia. The Justice Department inspector general said in a December 2019 report that an FBI intelligence analyst who has since been identified as Auten “failed to advise” others at the FBI about inconsistencies in the Steele dossier, the controversial report the bureau used to investigate Trump.
Grassley said the latest allegations, if accurate, show the FBI and Justice Department are “institutionally corrupted to their very core.”
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Debra Heine reports for American Greatness.