House Republicans prepare closed-door interview with another FBI whistleblower

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Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, questions FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok during the House Committees on the Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform hearing on "Oversight of FBI and DOJ Actions Surrounding the 2016 Election," on Capitol Hill, Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

House Republicans prepare closed-door interview with another FBI whistleblower

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House Republicans will hear from another FBI whistleblower this week as lawmakers on a key subcommittee begin their investigation into the “weaponization” of the federal government.

The transcribed interview, which a person familiar with the plan said was slated for Wednesday, will take place behind closed doors.

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That interview follows another that took place on Friday with a separate whistleblower from the FBI; subcommittee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) has said more than a dozen people working at the FBI have come forward to speak with his staff about what they’ve described as a culture of bias within the bureau.

Although Rep. Dan Goldman (R-NY) complained during the subcommittee’s first hearing last week that Democrats did not yet have access to a transcribed whistleblower interview from earlier in the week, the person familiar said Democratic members have received and ignored invitations to participate, although at least one has sent staff to conduct questioning.

Wednesday’s interview appears to be the third the panel has conducted in private. Jordan said on Feb. 7 that the subcommittee was interviewing a whistleblower from the FBI, and the subcommittee conducted another on Friday.

In their first hearing, members of the weaponization panel heard from witnesses who told a sweeping narrative of corruption and politicization at the top of the Justice Department.

The witness list included two former FBI agents, but Jordan hinted that his staff had been in contact with others still employed by the bureau, some of whom allegedly faced retaliation for speaking up about their concerns.

Whistleblowers levied an array of allegations against the FBI, according to Jordan, including that employees who attend conservative events “are being run out of the bureau.”

Jordan has expressed interest in investigating matters beyond the FBI, however.

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He has also highlighted exclusive reporting from the Washington Examiner about the Biden administration’s support of a group working to limit the reach of conservative websites.

Bias at major technology companies, and those companies’ apparent coordination with the federal government to suppress conservative speech, was a focal point of the weaponization subcommittee’s first hearing.

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