According to a whistleblower, the FBI said that they had deprioritized child sexual abuse cases, and that they were instead focusing on Jan. 6 investigations.
The Republican House Judiciary Committee revealed the whistleblower information in a letter to the FBI on Sept. 19.
#BREAKING: New whistleblower information reveals that the FBI is moving agents off of child sexual abuse investigations to instead pursue political investigations.
The whistleblower recounted being told that “child sexual abuse investigations were no longer an FBI priority.” pic.twitter.com/EBXrnVWhO6
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) September 20, 2022
“In addition, the whistleblower disclosed that the FBI is sacrificing its other important federal law-enforcement duties to pursue January 6 investigations,” the committee wrote in the letter. “Such a posture is not only a dereliction of the FBI’s mission to investigate violations of federal laws, but it is a grave disservice to the victims of child sexual abuse and other crimes that do not advance the FBI leadership’s political agenda.”
The letter outlined that the GOP Judiciary Committee had previously written to the FBI on July 27, relating disclosures from a whistleblower alleging that agents were being pressured to reclassify cases as “domestic violent extremism” (DVE).
“In other words, the FBI’s case categorization creates the illusion that threats from DVE are present in jurisdictions across the nation, when in reality they all stem from the same related investigation concerning the actions at the Capitol on January 6,” explained the committee in the letter. “Such an artificial case categorization scheme allows FBI leadership to misleadingly point to ‘significant’ increases in DVE threats nationwide.”
Since then, another whistleblower had come forward with the claim that the FBI had taken agents off child sexual abuse cases in favor of Jan. 6 investigations.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), who signed the letter on behalf of the committee, finished by requesting that the FBI provide them with all documents relating to Jan. 6, including the number of agents assigned to Jan. 6 investigations, and documentation of the orders issued by the Washington Field Office to open Jan. 6 investigations in other FBI offices.