The FBI is allegedly pulling agents off child sexual abuse cases — which a whistleblower claimed are “no longer an FBI priority” — and reassigning them to political investigations.
Republican Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, sent a letter Monday to FBI Director Christopher Wray demanding to know why the bureau is allegedly shifting resources away from child sex abuse cases.
“The whistleblower disclosed that the FBI is sacrificing its other important federal law-enforcement duties to pursue January 6 investigations. The whistleblower recalled, for example, being ‘told that child sexual abuse material investigations were no longer an FBI priority and should be referred to local law enforcement agencies,'” the letter read.
#BREAKING: New whistleblower information reveals that the FBI is moving agents off of child sexual abuse investigations to instead pursue political investigations.
The whistleblower recounted being told that “child sexual abuse investigations were no longer an FBI priority.” pic.twitter.com/EBXrnVWhO6
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) September 20, 2022
“Such a posture is not only a derelictions of the FBI’s mission to investigate violations of federal laws, but is a grave disservice to the victims of child sexual abuse and other crimes that do not advance the FBI leadership’s political agenda,” Jordan continued.
The letter then goes on to claim that several whistleblowers “describe a ‘rotted’ culture within the FBI’s senior leadership in Washington,” adding that “the FBI is not immune to oversight or accountability.”
The letter comes just weeks after Jordan sent another letter citing whistleblowers who alleged that FBI officials “are pressuring agents to reclassify cases as ‘domestic violent extremism’ even if the cases do not meet the criteria for such a classification.”
“Given the narrative pushed by the Biden Administration that domestic violent extremism is the ‘greatest threat’ facing our country, the revelation that the FBI may be artificially padding domestic terrorism data is scandalous,” Jordan wrote.