Suspending Security Clearances of Employees For Their First Amendment Activity on January

The FBI has quietly suspended employees who attended the January 6 protest, according to whistleblowers who contacted Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH).

The suspended FBI employees never entered the Capitol and they were never charged with any crimes.


Congressman Jim Jordan said pulling the FBI employees’ security clearances is essentially the same thing as terminating them because they cannot work without the clearances.

“Because a security clearance is required for FBI positions, the suspension of the security clearance means the FBI has suspended these employees from work indefinitely. Such a suspension is likely to be the first step in terminating employment,” Jordan wrote in a letter to FBI Director Wray.

According to Rep. Jordan, the Justice Department’s inspector general “is now examining whether the FBI’s actions violate federal civil service laws.”

The New York Post reported:

The FBI has quietly pulled the security clearances of some employees who attended protests before last year’s Capitol riot, The Post has learned.

The decision is drawing pushback from Republicans in Congress who note the FBI staffers aren’t accused of a crime.

The FBI’s move was described in a Friday letter from the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee.

“One such targeted employee is [redacted] working in the FBI’s [redacted] who also honorably served in the United States military for over 20 years,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) wrote to FBI Director Christopher Wray.

“[Redacted] has been working for the FBI for more than a decade. According to whistleblowers, while on leave, these FBI employees attended public events in Washington, D.C., with their spouses. We have been told that [redacted] and the other FBI employees did not enter the United States Capitol, have not been charged with any crime, and have not been contacted by law enforcement about their actions.”

 

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