According to Jim Jordan, dozens of whistleblowers at the FBI are coming forward on all the wrongdoings. On Thursday, the House Judiciary Committee’s Select Subcommittee held its very first hearing on the Weaponization of the Federal Government. Former FBI agents provided tips, and two former agents testified about politicization within the organization.
Thomas Baker and Nicole Parker, both formerly of the FBI, shared stories from their time working with the bureau. Parker stated that by testifying, she was putting a target on her back; she said that many current and past bureau workers felt similarly that they do not have a voice.
Republican Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, set the stage for the hearing by summarizing the “dozens and dozens” of individuals who have blown the whistle on the FBI.
Jordan declared that during his time in Congress, he had never seen anything like this. Jordan said that good FBI officers are prepared to come out and offer the truth. Jordan added that he is not the one saying this, nor are the Republicans or the conservatives but actual employees of the FBI.
Jordan looked at a small selection of these tips, beginning on November 18, 2021, when an FBI whistleblower informed Republicans in the House Judiciary that the FBI had created a “threat tag” for parents who expressed concern at school board meetings. Jordan also mentioned that on November 4, 2022, a whistleblower revealed that the FBI accepted private user information from Facebook without user consent, which was detailed in the House Judiciary report.
During the hearing, Johnson stated that many whistleblowers would agree to testify, be interviewed, or speak at future opening sessions.
Former FBI agent Nicole Parker said that she used to wake up and cherish being an FBI agent every day, but that feeling changed when the FBI started changing things.
Parker stated that over her twelve years with the organization, its course “changed,” and ideals “moved substantially.” From its headquarters in Washington down to its field offices, “the FBI became politically weaponized,” Parker said. According to her, it was like there were suddenly two FBIs. Parker went on to say that this was eroding the integrity of the FBI and, by extension, the diligent and extremely ethical agents who still did the heavy lifting and pursued worthy cases.
Former FBI agent Thomas Baker, who served the organization for 33 years, said the public’s lack of trust breaks his heart. This new direction, he claimed, was “deliberate” and was instituted by former FBI director Robert Mueller. Baker explained that the director intended to transform the FBI from a law enforcement organization” into “an intelligence-oriented agency.
According to Baker’s testimony, the FBI was participating in the “perversion of the First Amendment” when it urged Twitter to censor tweets which it could not do itself. For most of its existence, the FBI has seen its role as a protector of the Bill of Rights in training its agents. What a 180° turn of events this has been!
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