Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) said on Wednesday that he has received information from a whistleblower accusing the FBI of labeling groups as domestic terrorist organizations even after they have been investigated and not deemed to be a threat.
Jordan, the ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, said in a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray on Wednesday that the whistleblower alleges the FBI has designated a veteran-led group, American Contingency, a “domestic violent extremism” organization despite the group having been investigated and cleared as a nonthreat by the FBI in 2020. Jordan further accuses the FBI of recharacterizing cases as “domestic violent extremism” to pad its data artificially in order to advance a political narrative.
“Mike Glover is a veteran doing good work out there, but some woke analyst at the FBI says, ‘We’re going to investigate this guy,'” Jordan said on Fox News on Wednesday, referencing the founder of American Contingency.
Jordan went on to say that if you “display the flag, you own a gun, and you voted for Trump, you’re somehow in that category that Joe Biden says are extremist or fascist.”
American Contingency’s website says the group is dedicated to “fostering a network of people and teams who are prepared to respond and able to recover from difficult situations,” including aiding communities affected by natural disasters. Glover claims he is a former Green Beret.
Jordan said in the letter to Wray that the FBI deemed American Contingency a potential threat because Glover “exercised his First Amendment right to speak out in protest of the federal government” and appeared to be “rallying individuals to ‘take action.’”
Citing internal FBI notes, Jordan said the bureau “rifled through Glover’s life — obtaining his military records, his veteran’s disability rating, and even his monthly disability benefit — before concluding that American Contingency ‘desires to assist Americans in preparing themselves for catastrophic events and not to overthrow the United States Government.'”
However, Jordan said the bureau went on to label the group a violent extremist group in an FBI alert even after determining American Contingency was not a threat.
In July, Jordan said whistleblower disclosures described the level of politicization within the FBI’s leadership as “rotted at its core,” with the bureau pressuring employees to label groups and people domestic extremists despite lacking the criteria to meet such a classification.
Jordan concludes his letter to Wray by asking the bureau to provide the House Judiciary Committee documents related to the FBI’s Domestic Terrorism Symbols Guide on Militia Violent Extremism and an explanation as to why the FBI’s Domestic Terrorism Strategic Unit did not include symbols, images, phrases, events, and people from left-wing violent extremists’ groups in the FBI’s Domestic Terrorism Symbols Guide.