3 highlights from House hearing on Biden DOJ 'weaponization'

Jordan says dozens of FBI whistleblowers have come forward

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, speaks during a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 9, 2023.
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, speaks during a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 9, 2023. | C-SPAN

Committee Chair Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, claimed in his opening remarks that "dozens and dozens" of FBI agents and whistleblowers have shared information with the committee about the "political nature at the Justice Department." 

Jordan claimed that whistleblowers allege that the FBI created a "threat tag" on Nov. 18, 2021, for parents who voiced concerns at school board meetings. In May of the following year, an FBI whistleblower claimed that the bureau is investigating parents with a tag attached to their names. 

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Concerns about federal law enforcement agencies investigating parents who have voiced their concerns at school board meetings stem from Attorney General Merrick Garland's Oct. 4, 2021, memo attempting to address a "disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation and threats of violence against school administrators, board members, teachers, and staff."

Garland's memo followed a heavily scrutinized request from the National School Boards Association for "federal assistance to stop threats and acts of violence against public schoolchildren, public school board members, and other public school district officials and educators."

In a letter to Garland last May, Jordan claimed that they had evidence the administration was using "counterterrorism statutes and resources to target parents at school board meetings."

Another whistleblower that Jordan said came forward on April 26, 2022, alleges that the FBI runs agents out of the bureau for attending conservative events. Then, last November, another whistleblower claimed that the bureau accepts private user information from Facebook users without their consent.

"I have never seen anything like this. Dozens and dozens of whistleblowers, FBI agents, coming to us," Jordan said. 

The representative promised that the select committee will hold more hearings in the future and investigate "concerns" that he says Americans have about the Justice Department, the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service and social media platforms "suppress[ing] information and censor[ing] Americans."

The panel plans to submit a report to the House detailing its findings by Jan. 2, 2025. 

Rep. Dan Goldman, D-N.Y., questioned when Jordan planned to provide Democrats with information and testimonies from the FBI whistleblowers as they had not yet been supplied to the minority. 

Jordan promised Goldman that Democrats would receive transcripts from interviews with whistleblowers once they testify. He also said that Democrats could attend depositions by the subcommittee to gain further information about the whistleblowers.

Samantha Kamman is a reporter for The Christian Post. She can be reached at: Follower her on Twitter: @Samantha_Kamman

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