If the FBI isn’t engaging in whistleblower retaliation, why won’t a high-ranking FBI human resources official come answer questions about it before a congressional committee?
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan of Ohio has finally resorted to a subpoena to Jennifer Leigh Moore, Executive Assistant Director of Human Resources at the FBI, after she refused to answer questions in a transcribed interview about retaliation against whistleblowers. The House Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government wants to know if the allegations are true.
He’s been more than patient. This issue goes back to last September, when he first received information that Moore had retaliated against an FBI whistleblower who’d made a disclosure to Congress that’s supposed to be protected under whistleblower law. They sent her a letter asking her to come in for a transcribed interview on September 29. She didn’t.
It was a strong letter, too, signed by Jordan along with Reps. Darrell Issa of California and Mike Johnson of Louisiana. “Under Title 5 of the United States Code,” they wrote, “once a whistleblower makes a protected disclosure, an agency is prohibited from retaliating against the employee for that disclosure by taking or failing to take a personnel action. We have advised Director Wray, as well as Attorney General Merrick Garland, that whistleblower disclosures to Congress are protected by law. Your effort to interfere with FBI employees who seek to expose the Bureau’s misconduct by communicating directly with Congress cannot be condoned.”
They also told her to “preserve all records and documents in her possession related to the matter.”
In lieu of Moore’s cooperation with the Committee, the FBI released a high-blown statement to the WASHINGTON TIMES about how they do not punish employees who exercise their First Amendment rights or for their political views. Perish the thought. “To allege otherwise is false and misleading,” they said. “The FBI takes very seriously its responsibility to FBI employees who may make protected disclosures under the whistleblower regulations. FBI employees who report evidence of wrongdoing through a protected disclosure are protected from retaliation,” they claimed.
So...the committee tried again to get Moore to come in for her interview, this time in December. The FBI’s Office of Congressional Affairs responded only with a generic letter.
Then...they tried once more in January, saying they were “prepared to resort to compulsory process, if necessary.” They advised either her or her attorney to call and schedule the interview. This third letter is super-extra-strong, but the FBI are still, in effect, telling the Committee to kiss off. Now it’s subpoena time.
Here are all three letters:
As reported in the WASHINGTON TIMES, the whistleblower in question, an FBI special agent, was retaliated against after FBI agents asked him if he had leaked information to the media regarding alleged misconduct in the Project Veritas investigation. He lost his security clearance and was placed on indefinite suspension. This was done even though, according to his attorney, he never contacted the media and communicated only with GOP members of the House Judiciary Committee as covered by the whistleblower law.
We’ve gleaned from other media reports that the FBI agent in question likely is Garret O’Boyle, who says he was suspended for making an unauthorized media disclosure. He gave the information about his suspension only to Republicans on the Judiciary Committee, not the Democrats, but his attorney said this was because “he knew that they [Democrats] would leak it to the media.” That’s what they’ve been doing.
“It is beyond disappointing, but sadly not surprising, that Democrats would leak cherry-picked information to attack the brave whistleblowers who risked their careers to speak out on abuses at the Justice Department and FBI,” Jordan’s spokesman said in a statement.
Also, in a 300-page report released last month, Democrats on the Committee accused the people coming forward of not even being real whistleblowers but purveyors of “conspiracy theory,” particularly regarding January 6. (You know, some even dare to claim that the FBI was involved in the events that day --- crazy!) Democrats also don’t like it that some Trump associates, such as Kash Patel, have helped fund their legal expenses.
Brian Kilmeade, temporarily in the FOX NEWS slot Monday night that had been vacated by Tucker Carlson --- I’ll have more on that elsewhere --- discussed another FBI whistleblower, former special agent Steve Friend, who filed a complaint with the DOJ last year alleging that senior Biden officials were illegally using the FBI to target political opponents, using heavily-armed SWAT teams for intimidation. Friend was not given any of the legally-required whistleblower protections against retaliation, he says, and he was escorted out of his field office in Daytona Beach, placed on unpaid leave and pressured, he says, to resign --- which he did the day he testified publicly.
“No one in the Democratic Party has said a word about what happened to Steve Friend,” Kilmeade said. “They do not care.” They want to bury his story, because “he is a big political problem for the Democratic Party.”
Kilmeade moved on to another whistleblower, this one from the IRS, who says he has evidence that senior Biden officials “improperly intervened in an ongoing criminal investigation” of Hunter Biden’s taxes and finances. He came forward after hearing AG Garland say something he knew wasn’t true, that the U.S. attorney investigating Hunter was able to act independently of the ‘Justice’ Department. And Democrats, such as Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware, are saying THIS whistleblower DOES deserve whistleblower status. He said it on left-leaning CBS. Isn’t that interesting? Are the Democrats perhaps ready to expose the corruption within the Biden family?
It’s impossible now to stop it from coming to light anyway.
Kilmeade pointed out that on Sunday, even Chuck Todd on NBC showed the results of the NBC poll we quoted yesterday, saying that 70 percent of Americans don’t want Biden to run again. (That includes 76 percent of voters aged 18-35 and even 53 percent of Biden voters.)
Kilmeade knows what we’re all seeing now: that the Democrats realize Biden CAN’T be the nominee for ’24, and they’ve got to do what it takes to get him out of the running. Watch the chess pieces move around the board.
On Monday, U.S. Attorney in Utah Brett Tolman spoke with Martha MacCallum about the effect of the IRS whistleblower on the Hunter case. “They’re having top-level meetings now,” he said, probably getting ready to do a “reverse proffer,” bringing in the target of the investigation with his attorneys, showing them everything they have, and trying to negotiate a guilty plea and “get rid of the case.”
He said the question is whether the fact that this whistle blower came forward actually changed the thinking at the DOJ. “Are they now unable to...keep the facts and the evidence that may come out contained in a way that they can be the only ones, for example, to make a decision?” And is it true that they actually were stalling, as has been alleged? This whistleblower does say AG Garland was not telling the truth in saying there was no political pressure.
Tolman said that if Garland lied and, especially had been involved in a decision to keep what they had on Hunter under wraps, then “a resignation would be in order.”
RELATED READING: Margot Cleveland has a new column about the intel community’s effort to hide the Biden scandals under the “Russian disinformation” label. As you know, Antony Blinken, now Biden’s secretary of state, initiated the now-infamous “classic earmarks” letter to get that done. Highly recommended.
Money quote: “Our country now faces the reality that the same men who lied to Americans to win the 2020 election are now running the country.”