Republican Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) has said that the House Judiciary Committee is anticipating “more” FBI agents coming forward to blow the whistle on Democrat President Joe Biden’s Department of Justice (DOJ).
Jordan, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, says he has been fielding whistleblower allegations against DOJ and FBI officials since last November.
As Slay News previously reported, Jordan revealed that, so far, fourteen FBI whistleblowers have come forward and made allegations.
The congressman and his staff gave an update on the matter during a new interview with Breitbart News.
Jordan said Sunday to Fox News’s Trey Gowdy that 14 whistleblowers from within the FBI had come forward to his office:
Fourteen 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 bologna what’s going on, the political nature now of the Justice Department.
However, left-wing outlets, such as Newsweek and MSNBC’s Maddowblog, have tried to cast doubt on the number of whistleblowers.
Newsweek reported on a “wave of skepticism” triggered by Jordan’s comments.
Meanwhile, MSNBC’s Maddowblog derided Jordan’s “track record as a serious lawmaker.”
Jordan asserted to Breitbart News that he has in fact had 14 whistleblowers speak to his office about the Justice Department and FBI.
He noted that all of them approached his office prior to the Trump raid, however.
“It started when we realized what the Justice Department was doing relative to parents and the whole school boards issue,” Jordan said, in reference to allegations one whistleblower made to Jordan’s office in November 2021 that the FBI was taking counterterrorism measures to investigate parents who it deemed a threat at school board meetings.
Jordan had another whistleblower contact him in March 2022 who raised questions about “the progress and extent” of the FBI’s investigation into two pipe bombs that the federal agency said were placed near the Republican National Committee and Democratic National Committee the night before the January 6 Capitol riot.
In May 2022, Jordan cited “several whistleblowers” who had contacted his office with claims that the FBI was retaliating against agents who “engaged in protected First Amendment activity on January 6, 2021.”
When a whistleblower contacts Jordan, the congressman and his team then proceed to vet the whistleblower and his or her allegation, one of his aides told Breitbart News.
At times, the aide said, the whistleblower complaint has led Jordan to another whistleblower who corroborates the initial allegation or adds to it, and, at other times, the identity or allegation of the whistleblower cannot be verified and the allegation falls flat.
Jordan keeps a record of each whistleblower complaint and if useful information has come of the complaint, the aide explained.
The aide noted Jordan has been able to use information from 14 whistleblowers.
However, Jordan’s records contained names of more than 14 individuals who had made at least initial contact with his office.
Jordan, who has served on the Judiciary Committee since he joined Congress in 2007, said, “This is truly not something I’ve ever seen, where you have this many people, all FBI agents, all coming to us as whistleblowers.”
“I think the reason they come to us is they know they can trust us and we’ll will work with them,” Jordan said.
“But when they come to us in the minority, all we can really do is begin to tell their story.
“We can’t subpoena,” he added.
“We can’t do the things that you can typically obviously do in the majority, but yet they’re still willing to come forward, which I think underscores how political that place has become.”
Should Republicans take the majority in November, Jordan is poised to serve as chair of the Judiciary Committee.
He has already publicly indicated his intent to formally investigate the Justice Department and FBI.
In the meantime, with FBI whistleblower allegations, Jordan has typically contacted Attorney General Merrick Garland or FBI Director Christopher Wray to demand more information about allegations when he feels he has enough information through the whistleblower or whistleblowers to take that step.
The letters become public correspondence and therefore create awareness about allegations being made against the FBI and Justice Department, but confirming the allegations and holding those relevant accountable would require Republicans to schedule hearings and potentially issue subpoenas, which they cannot do in the minority.
In terms of responsiveness from Garland or Wray, Jordan said, “It’s basically nothing.”
“And if we get something back, it’s usually a pretty cryptic one or two paragraph response,” Jordan added.
In addition to a letter about the school board whistleblower, pipe bomb investigation whistleblower, and January 6 retaliation whistleblower, Jordan has sent four other letters related to FBI whistleblower allegations he has received.
“It’s been on all kinds of issues, but the overall theme here is the political nature,” Jordan said.
“Fourteen whistleblowers have come to us, and, frankly, we anticipate more.”