IG plans to investigate whether the FBI retaliated against agents who attended the Jan. 6 rally at the Capitol

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FIRST ON FOX – Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz told Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, that he would consider launching an investigation into whether the FBI retaliated against officers who attended the protest. from January 6, 2021 at the U.S. Capitol. but who did not enter the building with rioters.

Jordan, citing FBI whistleblowers, urged Horowitz last month to investigate whistleblowers’ claims that “the FBI is suspending the security clearances of FBI employees for their participation in protected activity of the First Amendment on January 6, 2021”. Since a security clearance is required for FBI positions, “these actions mean that the FBI has suspended these employees indefinitely.”

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Trump supporters attempt to break through a police barrier, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Jordan included the suspension notice of a 10-year FBI employee who had previously served honorably in the US military for more than 20 years. According to Jordan, the employees in question “did not enter the United States Capitol, were not charged with any crime, and were not contacted by law enforcement regarding their actions.”

Even so, the FBI revoked their clearances, citing “Decisional Guideline A – Allegiance to the United States”. The move appears to follow a Democratic tactic of confusing peaceful Jan. 6 protesters with those who actively stormed the Capitol in an apparent attempt to prevent Congress from certifying the Electoral College’s vote for President Biden.

These actions “raise concerns that the Bureau may take significant steps to terminate these employees in retaliation for unfavorable political discourse.”

Horowitz declined to commit to investigating the matter, but said he would contact the FBI and consider opening an investigation.

Representative Jim Jordan, a Republican from Ohio, speaks to the press at the Rayburn House Office building in Washington, DC, U.S., Friday, June 4, 2021.
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Representative Jim Jordan, a Republican from Ohio, speaks to the press at the Rayburn House Office building in Washington, DC, U.S., Friday, June 4, 2021.
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“Given the concern you have raised, we will ask the FBI to provide the basis for the security clearance and personal action taken against the employees you referenced in your letter,” Horowitz said in a letter Wednesday. . “Based on the information we receive, we will assess whether further investigation is warranted.”

“In making such an assessment, we will also consider information about other employees who believe the FBI took administrative action against them for engaging in protected activities on January 6, 2021,” Horowitz added. .

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In his initial letter, Jordan noted that although the Hatch Act prohibits FBI employees from engaging in partisan political campaigning or political management, FBI employees do not waive their basic rights to engage in activities. of political speech.

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz speaks during a Senate court hearing on the Inspector General's report on the FBI's handling of Larry Nassar's sexual abuse investigation of Olympic gymnasts, on Capitol Hill, September 15, 2021, in Washington, DC

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz speaks during a Senate court hearing on the Inspector General’s report on the FBI’s handling of Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse investigation of Olympic gymnasts, on Capitol Hill, September 15, 2021, in Washington, DC
(Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

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