Jordan: FBI whistleblowers reveal 'over two dozen' probes of parents opposing school policies

Ohio Republican says agents are being encouraged to label everything "extremist" for political purposes.

Updated: August 30, 2022 - 2:46pm

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FBI whistleblowers have come forward to Congress to describe improper politicization of investigations ranging from the Jan. 6 riots to more than two dozen parents who were probed as domestic terrorists for objecting to local school board policies, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee says.

"I anticipate more coming forward," Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) told the "Just the News, Not Noise" television show on Monday night. "I've never seen anything like this. I mean, truly, it seems like every other week we're hearing from someone."

Jordan said his legal staff has heard from a total of 14 FBI whistleblowers so far, and all are raising the same concern about the bureau's conduct. The agents are "emphasizing just how political things have gotten," he said.

"We've had them on the school boards issue. We've had them concerning Jan. 6," Jordan said. "Agents are being pressured to label and categorize all cases as domestic violence, extremism."

Jordan said the first whistleblowers emerged last fall after the National School Boards Association sent a letter to the Biden administration comparing parents who protested at school board meetings to domestic terrorists.

Five days later, the FBI was directed by the DOJ to investigate the threats being made against the school boards. 

The whistleblowers have provided a more complete picture to congressional investigators since, revealing that at least a dozen cases were opened against parents in the aftermath of the school board controversy.

"The first one came late last fall, when this guy came forward and said, 'Yeah, this is what's going on,'" the congressman recalled. "And he talked about this memorandum that was sent out to U.S. attorneys, and then we had a whistleblower come forward and talk to us about what the FBI had sent out where they use this threat tag designation, and subsequent to that, on just that issue, we've had a whistleblower talk to us about the over two dozen cases where parents were investigated."

Jordan said the whistleblowers were playing an essential role, creating a check and balance against the bureau's law enforcement powers to ensure that they weren't being weaponized for political purposes.

"God bless these individuals who are willing to come forward and tell us that this is not how it's supposed to work," Jordan said.