Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), the ranking Republican and likely next chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, revealed over the weekend that at least 14 FBI agents have quietly come forward to him as whistleblowers to expose the increasingly evident malfeasance and politicization of the bureau.
That revelation about FBI whistleblowers was taken out of context by some and summarily dismissed by others in the media, but the congressman has now clarified his claims and insisted that additional whistleblowers will likely come forward soon as well, Breitbart reported.
If what the whistleblowers have told Jordan about a variety of FBI issues can be verified, and assuming that Republicans reclaim control of Congress in the midterm elections, the stage has been set for probing investigations of the bureau and its leadership next year on several different fronts.
Jordan claims 14 FBI agents have emerged as whistleblowers
It was on Sunday, according to Townhall, that Rep. Jordan told his former colleague-turned-Fox News host Trey Gowdy that “14 FBI agents have come to our office, as whistleblowers, and they are good people.”
“There are lots of good people in the FBI. It’s the top that’s the problem, but some of these good agents are coming to us, telling us this is baloney what’s going on. The political nature now of the Justice Department,” he added.
Jim Jordan DROPS bombshell on FBI as 14 whistleblowers DROP what’s REALLY going on in the FBI after MASSIVE political raid at Mar-a-Lago pic.twitter.com/cR97h71Ms3
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) August 15, 2022
Whistleblowers came forward before the FBI’s Mar-a-Lago raid
Breitbart noted that media outlets and pundits on both the right and left — including those linked above — seemingly assumed that Jordan’s alleged FBI whistleblowers had come forward in relation to the recent raid of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence in search of classified documents, but that actually isn’t the case.
In fact, Jordan told Breitbart in an exclusive interview this week that all 14 of the whistleblowers had come to his office prior to the FBI’s raid on Trump’s home, beginning in November of last year in relation to the FBI’s use of counterterrorism measures against parents voicing concerns at school board meetings nationwide.
Other whistleblowers have since come forward to him about the bureau’s Jan. 6 Capitol riot investigation and alleged involvement, as well as the general partisan politicization of the FBI’s senior leadership, among a host of other issues.
“This is truly not something I’ve ever seen, where you have this many people, all FBI agents, all coming to us as whistleblowers,” Jordan told the outlet. “I think the reason they come to us is they know they can trust us and we will work with them.”
Not much to be done now except lay the foundation for future probes
Unfortunately, being in the minority means Jordan and his GOP colleagues on the Judiciary Committee can do little more than issue letters and press releases right now — which are typically downplayed or ignored — but those letters help expose alleged wrongdoing, set the foundation for future investigations, and encourage additional whistleblowers to also come forward.
“It’s been on all kinds of issues, but the overall theme here is the political nature,” Jordan summed up of what has been exposed by those FBI agents he has met with thus far. “Fourteen whistleblowers have come to us, and, frankly, we anticipate more.”