Former FBI Special Agent Nicole Parker broke down in tears Thursday while testifying during a congressional hearing.
Parker said during the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government’s inaugural hearing that she left her job at a hedge fund after 9/11 to serve her country, working as an FBI Special Agent from 2011-2022.
“I considered it a very sacred responsibility and was honored to be trusted to protect and serve the American people,” Parker said, recounting how she joined a Miami field office.
“Participating in the investigations of myriad criminal cases, the Majorie Stoneman Douglas high school shooting in Parkland, Florida,” Parker said as she began to break down.
“The 2017 Fort Lauderdale airport shooting, the Cesar Sayoc pipe bomb case-” she continued, listing other areas she covered as she wept.
“It was emotionally jarring, but I believed I was making an impactful difference. And every day I woke up and embraced being a Special FBI agent until things changed. Over the course of my 12+ years, the FBI’s trajectory has transformed. On paper, the bureau’s mission has remained the same but its priorities and governing principles shifted dramatically. The FBI became politically weaponized from the top in Washington and trickling down to the field offices.” (RELATED: ‘They’re Not Going To Get This Stuff’: CNN Panelist Says Jim Jordan’s Oversight Effort Will Be Fought)
Parker said it seems as though there are two separate FBI’s, one of which is tainted with political bias and has destroyed the credibility of the agency. Parker added that there has been a “lowering of the eligibility requirements” for new recruits, which has negatively impacted the agency.
The Republican-led House voted in January to establish a new subcommittee to investigate the alleged “weaponization” of the federal government. Republican Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan said the committee is meant to protect the First Amendment while also investigating why parents have been labeled as domestic terrorists and why federal agencies have seemingly become weaponized.