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Jim Jordan demands testimony from ex-FBI official over claims of inflating domestic terrorism data

Added 08-10-22 06:35:02pm EST - “The top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee is requesting that a top former FBI official testify about whistleblower claims that agents were pressured to reclassify cases as "domestic violent extremism" to fulfill the Biden…” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Jim Jordan demands testimony from ex-FBI official over claims of inflating domestic terrorism data”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee is requesting that a top former FBI official testify about whistleblower claims that agents were pressured to reclassify cases as “domestic violent extremism” to fulfill the Biden administration’s crusade against home-grown terrorism. 

Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio says the whistleblower allegations that the FBI is “padding” its data on domestic violent extremism investigations add to others “concerning the politicization of the FBI” that his fellow Republicans on the committee are investigating. He is seeking testimony from former FBI Counterterrorism Division Assistant Director Jill Sanborn.

“One whistleblower explained that because agents are not finding enough DVE cases, they are encouraged and incentivized to reclassify cases as DVE cases even though there is minimal, circumstantial evidence to support the reclassification,” Mr. Jordan wrote. “Another whistleblower stated that a field office Counterterrorism Assistant Special Agent in Charge and the FBI’s then Assistant Director of the Counterterrorism Division pressured agents to move cases into the DVE category to hit self-created performance metrics. This whistleblower identified you as one official who exerted pressure on agents to reclassify cases as DVE matters.”

The letter also was signed by the top Republican on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties subcommittee, Rep. Mike Johnson of Louisiana.

The whistleblower allegations, which Mr. Jordan first revealed in a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray last month, add to Republican skepticism over the administration’s fixation on domestic terrorism.

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