Jim Jordan turns up heat on Obama intel chiefs and FBI brass implicated in bias complaints

Incoming House Judiciary chair renews requests to Obama-era spy chiefs James Clapper, John Brennan for documents related to their claim that Hunter Biden laptop story was Russian disinformation.

Updated: December 2, 2022 - 11:16pm

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Investigations led by Ohio GOP Rep. Jim Jordan, the incoming chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, are heating up as the start of the new Congress approaches.

Jordan renewed his requests to former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former Director of the CIA John Brennan for documentation related to their October 2020 claim that the information on Hunter Biden's abandoned laptop was Russian disinformation.

"James Clapper & John Brennan are on notice," Jordan tweeted on Thursday along with copies of the letters.  

Jordan is also seeking documentation and information from FBI officials pertaining to whistleblower complaints that the agency is engaging in a "purge" of employees with conservative views.

He wrote again to Jennifer Moore, executive assistant director of the FBI's Human Resources Branch, about the whistleblower complaints.

"Recently, we received information suggesting you have retaliated against at least one whistleblower who has made protected disclosures to Congress," Jordan wrote to Moore in September. "As we informed Director Christopher Wray, we take whistleblower retaliation seriously and we therefore require that you appear for a transcribed interview as soon as possible."

Jordan noted in each letter that he is currently asking for the voluntary disclosure of the requested information but is open to a "compulsory process if necessary."

FBI Assistant Director of the Office of Congressional Affairs Jill Tyson reportedly wrote to Jordan on Nov. 29th, but the Ohio Republican is still seeking information directly from Moore.

"It is important to emphasize that allegations against one or a very small number of employees do not reflect a widespread political bias or a lack of objectivity by the FBI's 38,000 employees who perform their jobs objectively, rigorously, and with professionalism," Tyson wrote to Jordan, according to CNN. "Nor do such allegations fairly call into question the FBI's motivations and actions to fulfill its mission, which reflect the collective judgment and effort of our workforce."

Jordan is now considering issuing a subpoena to Jill Sanborn, former executive assistant director of the FBI's National Security Branch who canceled her scheduled appearance before the House Judiciary Committee for a transcribed interview on Friday. Whistleblowers have claimed that Sanborn pressured FBI agents to label certain cases as violent domestic extremism even if they didn't match the government's definition for that classification. 

"Your decision leaves us little choice but to consider compulsory process to obtain your testimony early in the 118th Congress," Jordan wrote to Sanborn.

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