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Mon Nov 7 18:27:25 PST 2022

House Republicans Preview Scathing Indictment Of DOJ, FBI

Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee released a massive
report on Friday detailing whistleblower disclosures about the
politicization of the Justice Department (DOJ) and FBI under Attorney
General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray.

According to the report, Garland has been a "willing participant of
the Biden Admin’s weaponization of law enforcement," while the FBI has
"abused its law-enforcement authorities for apparently political

What followed was a laundry list of incidents and whistleblower
reports illustrating how politicized federal law enforcement has

What's more, the report shows that the FBI has been inflating domestic
extremism figures to fit an agenda.

    One of the most significant findings of the report showed that the
FBI has been encouraging its agents to artificially inflate the number
of domestic violent extremism (DVE) incidents.

    For years, Democrats—including President Joe Biden—have claimed
that DVE events comprise one of the largest threats to American
national security. Specifically, Democrats have blamed conservatives
and “white supremacists” for most such incidents.

    During the 116th Congress, Democrats even went so far as to
propose a bill that would substantially bolster DOJ resources to
combat DVE. -Epoch Times

"White supremacists and other far-right-wing extremists are the most
significant domestic terrorism threat facing the United States," reads
the bill.

According to the whistleblowers, however, "FBI leadership is
pressuring line agents to reclassify cases as domestic violent
extremism even if the matter does not meet the criteria."

"At a time when the Biden Administration maintains that DVE is the
‘greatest threat’ facing the United States, the FBI appears to be
complicit in artificially creating the Administration’s political
narrative," wrote the Republican lawmakers, who say the agency is
fostering an environment that puts pressure on agents to rack up DVE
case counts.

"One whistleblower explained that because agents are not finding
enough DVE cases, they are encouraged and incentivized to reclassify
matters as DVE cases even though there is minimal, circumstantial
evidence to support the reclassification," says the report.

The FBI has also fudged field office numbers to fit the DVE narrative
- and "is misrepresenting the scale of [DVE]" by categorizing various
investigations stemming from the Jan. 6 Capitol police as organic
cases discovered by local field offices, rather than a single
investigation of a single incident.

"In both ways, the FBI is fueling the Biden Administration’s narrative
that domestic violent extremism is the biggest threat to our country,"
wrote the Republicans.

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the stewardship of
Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland, is

    Read our 1,000 page report on just how bad it is.
    — Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) November 4, 2022

More via The Epoch Times;
Incidents Manufactured

In at least one case of DVE, the attempted kidnapping of Michigan Gov.
Gretchen Whitmer, the FBI played a much more active role.

Ahead of the 2020 election, a plot was uncovered to kidnap Whitmer,
whose COVID policies sparked intense national debates before the

The alleged would-be kidnappers were right wing, and originally
reports suggested that the plot had developed organically.

But during the trial for the men, it became obvious that this was not
the case: defense attorneys argued that their clients were pushed into
crime by the FBI. According to defense attorneys during the trial, at
least 12 FBI informants and agents were involved in the plot.

Despite the legal questions raised by defense attorneys, the three men
were later convicted.

GOP efforts to get answers about the incident were met with silence,
the report noted. Thus, the FBI’s motives in assisting the plot remain
Targeting Conservatives

To bolster their claims of politicization by the FBI, Republicans
cited several incidents involving targeted use of federal resources
against conservatives.

For instance, Republicans noted Garland’s infamous “school board memo”
as a case in point.

In a September 2021 letter to President Joe Biden, the National School
Boards Association (NSBA) characterized disruptions at school board
meetings across the nation as “a form of domestic terrorism and hate

Specifically, the NSBA was referencing an increasing number of parents
across the United States attending school board meetings to voice
their opposition to the content being taught their children—including
controversial, Marxism-inspired critical race theory, far-left-wing
positions on sexuality and gender, and, in some cases, even explicit
or pornographic sexual images.

The NSBA proceeded to ask for federal assistance in dealing with these
frustrated, outspoken parents—assistance that Attorney General Merrick
Garland promptly provided.

Days after the NSBA letter, Garland issued a memo directing federal
law enforcement to help address the alleged “disturbing spike in
harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence” against teachers
and school leaders. Garland’s response immediately raised suspicions
among some Republican members of Congress, who have sought to keep the
issue alive and have responded with promises like a “parents’ bill of
rights” if they take Congress next year.

In their report, Republicans called this affair “unacceptable.”

“As the radical left continued to push a woke agenda on America’s
children, parents across the country started to speak out at school
board meetings against critical race theory, mask mandates, and
controversial curricula,” they wrote. “As more parents spoke out, the
[NSBA] and the Biden Administration colluded to create a
justification, articulated in an October 4 memorandum from Attorney
General Garland, to use federal law-enforcement tools to silence

“Committee Republicans have repeatedly called on Attorney General
Garland to rescind his ill-conceived memorandum that brought the heavy
hand of federal law enforcement down upon America’s parents,” they

These calls have of course gone unanswered.

“It is unacceptable for the Biden Administration to use federal
domestic terrorism resources to target American parents,” the
lawmakers said. “The use of these resources chills protected First
Amendment activity as parents rightfully fear that their passionate
advocacy for their children could result in a visit from federal law

Republicans have made clear that they aren’t finished with the issue:
on Oct. 13, Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan warned
Garland to preserve all documents related to the memo in preparation
for further GOP investigation.

Also mentioned in the report was the shocking decision by the FBI to
mount an unprecedented raid on President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago
Florida home.

The raid was allegedly seeking classified documents that Trump had
brought with him from the White House.

However, Republicans insisted that such an unprecedented raid should
not have been undertaken lightly, and Republicans have pointed to the
raid as another instance of political bias by federal law enforcement.
Suppressing Opposition Reports

Additionally, the report notes the FBI’s role in suppressing the
since-authenticated story about Hunter Biden’s laptop, with
Republicans saying that Biden has received “preferential treatment
from federal law enforcement.”

The contents of the laptop included several photos of Hunter Biden in
sexual situations, sometimes with people who appeared to be
substantially younger than 18. Others showed the president’s son using
drugs like crack cocaine. Still, other sections of the laptop’s
contents raised questions about the Bidens’ business dealings, with
some emails and texts suggesting that Hunter Biden may have peddled
his father’s prestige and influence for pecuniary gain.

The story was discovered by the New York Post, a conservative-leaning
media outlet founded by Alexander Hamilton. After posting the story to
their Twitter page, the New York Post was suspended pending the
removal of the story. Similar suppression followed with other media
outlets who reported on the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop.

According to the report, some of this may not have been organic
behavior by social media platforms.

The Judiciary Republicans noted that, during an August 2022 appearance
on Joe Rogan’s podcast, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted that
Facebook had suppressed the story at the FBI’s urging.

At the same time, dozens of national security and federal law
enforcement agents signed a letter at the time claiming that the story
was Russian disinformation—a claim which has since been shown to be
patently untrue.

Around the same time, Republicans unveiled a report showing that the
FBI had been aware of the allegations surrounding Biden’s business
dealings with Chinese and Ukrainian interests for years, but had not
taken action to look into the potential national security threat.

Republican efforts to get answers for this apparently significant
oversight by the DOJ and FBI were met with silence. But GOP findings
do provide some clues.

According to the report, a whistleblower allegation “suggests that FBI
leadership in Washington may be the reason why the FBI seems to have
provided Hunter Biden with special treatment.”

Specifically, a whistleblower told investigating Republicans that ASAC
Tim Thibault of the FBI’s Washington Field Office ordered the
investigation canned in July 2022.

According to Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley
(R-Iowa), who discovered the role played by Thibault, the agent did
not give proper reason for closing the investigation under FBI rules
of conduct. Thibault’s motivation in closing the case remains unclear.
Prologue to Further Investigations

The report is likely a taste of the investigations that Americans can
expect if Republicans retake at least the House in the midterm
elections, as pundits predict will be the most likely outcome.

Beyond the FBI and DOJ, Republicans have indicated several topics they
may look into as the majority.

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