House Republicans Demand Former FBI Official Testify Over Whistleblower Allegations
(UnitedVoice.com) – Congressional Republicans have alleged several FBI whistleblowers have come forward over the last year. These DOJ officials made accusations of misconduct within the federal law enforcement agency. The allegations run the gamut of bad behaviors.
For instance, there are reports that hundreds of officials have resigned and retired from the agency to prevent facing punishment for sexual misconduct. Other whistleblowers have accused the DOJ of slow-walking the Hunter Biden investigation. One particularly disturbing allegation relates to domestic terrorism, and now, Congress is asking a former FBI official to testify about it.
Congress Wants Answers
On October 18, Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee sent a letter to Jill Sanborn, demanding her testimony before Congress. The former FBI official served as the executive assistant director of the agency’s National Security Branch during President Joe Biden’s administration and previously as former assistant director of the Counterterrorism Division.
In the letter, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) state that they wrote Sanborn in August demanding her testimony. The lawmakers wanted to interview her after a whistleblower accused her of playing a role in an alleged scheme to inflate domestic violent extremism cases (DVE). The informant claimed she was one of the people exerting pressure on FBI agents to inflate the number of cases.
The lawmakers revealed that while Sanborn’s attorneys reportedly responded that she wanted to meet, she never took any steps to follow through.
Differences of Opinion
Jordan and Johnson stated that Sanborn’s attorneys finally informed them that she could sit for an interview on December 2, 2022. The conservative congressmen pointed out that’s “six weeks in the future and nearly four months since [their] initial request.”
The Republicans listed a series of points of disagreement that they had with Sanborn’s testimony. For example, the lawyers claimed the FBI had to approve her testimony. The congressmen pointed out that every federal employee has the right to speak with lawmakers “without interference, intimidation, or obstruction” from the agency that employs them. Additionally, the representatives disagreed that a letter from the FBI would eliminate her need to testify. But the GOP lawmakers made it clear that it’s separate from her testimony; therefore, a letter would not suffice.
The lawmakers eventually agreed to allow Sanborn to sit for the interview on December 2 at 10 in the morning. They’ll allow her to bring her personal attorney, but they will not welcome or condone the presence of an FBI lawyer.
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