Jim Jordan argues FBI is purging conservative employees

Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan has criticized the FBI, saying it is out to “purge” conservative employees.

Jordan shared the comments during a recent Fox News interview.

The remarks

“During this investigation, we have received protected whistleblower disclosures that the FBI is engaging in a ‘purge’ of employees with conservative views by revoking their security clearances and indefinitely suspending these employees,” Jordan said. in an interview with Fox News.

Jordan and other conservative leaders have started investigating “serious allegations of abuse and misconduct within the senior leadership of the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”

The FBI’s response

“The FBI does not target or take adverse action against employees for exercising their First Amendment rights or for their political views; to allege otherwise is false and misleading,” an FBI spokesperson said.

“The FBI is required to follow established policies and procedures, to include a thorough investigation, when suspending or revoking a security clearance,” it added.

The new claim by Jordan and response by the FBI are part of an ongoing battle between conservatives and the agency to address the alleged targeting of conservatives.

The FBI’s raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home and other recent raids show the agency appears to be turning more politicized.

The timing is also concerning, with the recent efforts taking place just weeks ahead of key November midterm elections.