House Republicans call for top FBI official to answer questions on retaliation complaints

House Judiciary Committee Republicans called for a high-ranking human-resources executive at the FBI to make herself available for a transcribed interview after information indicated she retaliated against at least one bureau whistleblower who made a protected disclosure to Congress.

Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio, the panel’s ranking member, Darrell Issa of California and Mike Johnson of Louisiana, demanded in a letter to Jennifer Moore, the executive assistant director of the bureau’s Human Resource Branch, that she answer questions about retaliatory tactics of which she has been accused by FBI personnel who are speaking to lawmakers.

“We are investigating serious allegations of abuse and misconduct within the senior leadership of the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. During the course of this investigation, we have received protected whistleblower disclosures that the FBI is engaging in a ‘purge’ of employees with conservative views by revoking their security clearances and indefinitely suspending these employees,” the GOP lawmakers wrote.

They noted that Ms. Moore has signed many of the formal notices for these actions.

“Recently, we received information suggesting you have retaliated against at least one whistleblower who has made protected disclosures to Congress,” the lawmakers added.

Along with meeting with them for a transcribed interview, the Republicans also demanded Ms. Moore  preserve all records and documents in her possession related to the matter.

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“Under Title 5 of the United States Code, once a whistleblower makes a protected disclosure, an agency is prohibited from retaliating against the employee for that disclosure by taking or failing to take a personnel action,” the lawmakers wrote.

“We have advised Director [Christopher] Wray, as well as Attorney General Merrick Garland, that whistleblower disclosures to Congress are protected by law. Your efforts to interfere with FBI employees who seek to expose the Bureau’s misconduct by communicating directly with Congress cannot be condoned,” they warned.

House Republicans, who are poised to take the majority, are preparing a schedule of hearings and investigations into the FBI and the DOJ following a flood of complaints by whistleblowers who reported to Congress information about the bureau’s political bias against conservatives.

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