WASHINGTON, D.C. (LifeSiteNews) — The Biden administration is pressuring FBI agents to “find” crimes that justify U.S. President Joe Biden’s characterization of conservatives as domestic terrorists, current and former members of the bureau told The Washington Times on Thursday.
The alleged pressure comes as Biden has ramped up his belligerent rhetoric against so-called “MAGA Republicans” ahead of the crucial 2022 midterm elections, effectively demonizing half the nation as threats to “the very foundations of our republic.”
Biden accused of pressuring FBI to fabricate ‘extremist’ and ‘White supremacist’ cases https://t.co/FfnmcWcVwh
— Sara A. Carter (@SaraCarterDC) September 19, 2022
“We are sort of the lapdogs as the actual agents doing these sorts of investigations, trying to find a crime to fit otherwise First Amendment-protected activities,” an agent who spoke on condition of anonymity told the Times, listing a series of attributes associated with conservatives that he said could garner FBI scrutiny.
“If they have a Gadsden flag and they own guns and they are mean at school board meetings, that’s probably a domestic terrorist,” he said.
The agent also told the outlet that top FBI officials’ “demand for [w]hite supremacy … vastly outstrips the supply of [w]hite supremacy.”
“We have more people assigned to investigate [w]hite supremacists than we can actually find,” he said.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has officially crossed a line by weaponizing the FBI to target America’s most influential conservative leader — former president Donald Trump, a private citizen — without due process and with obvious political bias.
SIGN this petition to FBI Director Christopher Wray - condemn this blatant political policing againt former President Trump.
This single act has sent an unmistakable signal that anyone who holds a dissenting political belief from the leftist regime can have his or her life ruined by the Deep State — forcing them to defend themselves from a faceless FBI attack-arm of the federal government.
The FBI just proved that Donald Trump was right. He’s always been right.— Benny Johnson 🍊 (@bennyjohnson) August 9, 2022
No one will ever forget this.
We cannot stand for the complete corruption and weaponization of America's law enforcement, and especially not the FBI. We must stand united, bold, and patriotic — in the name of liberty, the rule of law, and American Greatness.
SEND A BOLD MESSAGE TODAY: WE ABSOLUTELY CONDEMN THE DESPICABLE FBI RAID ON A PRIVATE AMERICAN CITIZEN — AND WE WILL NOT STOP FIGHTING FOR AMERICA FIRST!
This kind of weaponization of federal agencies against private citizens who hold a dissenting worldview is seen only in third-world countries.
This is exactly why Americans must use their voices and shout even more loudly that this country is worth saving from the ideologues on the radical left who care only about power and control.
We won’t know how fully insane the FBI raid on Trump is until we see the warrant and warrant application. But after Russiagate – years of investigation predicated largely on Clinton campaign misinformation -- if the basis for this isn’t bedrock-solid, there should be hell to pay.— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) August 9, 2022
Destroying 30K classified emails with a hammer and bleach doesn’t get your home searched. Remember that.— Erielle Davidson (@politicalelle) August 9, 2022
American patriots will continue standing in the way of the left's attempt at hostile takeover, and will always defend America from her enemies — both foreign and domestic.
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The @FBI raid on President Trump was approved by Director Wray, who also claimed that the illegal FISA warrants used to spy on Trump were constitutional.— Rand Paul (@RandPaul) August 9, 2022
Today’s raid is outrageous and unjust, but predictable.
Stand up against the targeting of private American citizens from FBI raids - we refuse to back down!
P.S. — Nobody is safe from politically motivated attacks under the current DOJ. And with 87,000 new IRS agents joining the executive branch, the unaccountable federal government is only growing. Now is the time to push back before it’s too late! SIGN NOW AND STAND STRONG TOGETHER!
After todays raid on Mar A Lago what do you think the left plans to use those 87,000 new IRS agents for?— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) August 9, 2022
The FBI denied the allegations in a statement to the Times, asserting it does not target Americans based on their political affiliation.
“The FBI aggressively investigates threats posed by domestic violent extremists,” an FBI spokesperson told the outlet. “We do not investigate ideology, and we do not investigate particular cases based on the political views of the individuals involved. The FBI will continue to pursue threats or acts of violence, regardless of the underlying motivation or sociopolitical goal.”
However, the Biden administration’s FBI has drawn increased scrutiny from conservatives as reports suggest the administration is indeed viewing typical right-leaning viewpoints or activities as indications of domestic extremism.
Earlier this month, in a headline-grabbing speech compared by many conservatives to the fascistic addresses of Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin, Biden railed against so-called “MAGA Republicans,” who he said threatened to destroy the nation and upend its most cherished values.
In the divisive address, Biden said supporters of former president Donald Trump pose a threat “to the very soul of this country” as they allegedly “embrace anger,” “thrive on chaos,” and “live not in the light of truth but in the shadow of lies.”
While the rhetoric from Democrats has increased in recent months, the blunt characterization of mainstream conservatives as domestic terror threats has been fairly common among Democrats since the riot at the U.S. Capitol on January 6 and ensuing highly-partisan January 6 Committee, which has been slammed by Trump as a “witch hunt.”
Last summer, the Biden administration highlighted so-called “misinformation,” “racism” and “conspiracy theories,” pejoratives frequently applied to mainstream conservative perspectives, in a statement declaring domestic terrorism “the most urgent terrorism threat” in the U.S.
The statement referred to an unclassified report from the Office of National Intelligence that cited “narratives of fraud in the recent general election, the emboldening impact of the violent breach of the U.S. Capitol, conditions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and conspiracy theories promoting violence,” among its chief concerns regarding the radicalization of “domestic violent extremists” (DVEs).
Meanwhile, whistleblowers who reached out to the office of Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio have asserted the FBI has been “padding” its domestic terrorism cases to increase the perception of the alleged threat, The Daily Wire noted.
In a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray, Rep. Jordan said his office “received accusations that FBI agents are bolstering the number of cases of DVEs to satisfy their superiors.”
“Given the narrative pushed by the Biden administration that domestic violent extremism is the ‘greatest threat’ facing our country, revelation that the FBI may be artificially padding domestic terrorism data is scandalous,” he said.
Meanwhile, the unprecedented raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home last month hasn’t helped to bolster Americans’ confidence in the unbiased nature of the nation’s premier federal law enforcement agency.
A Rasmussen poll released last month found that “a majority of Americans, 53%, view the FBI as ‘Joe Biden‘s personal Gestapo’” after the Mar-a-Lago raid.