“There are still good men and women in the FBI whose task and purpose are to defend our country, but the FBI’s weaponized Washington Field Office is rotten to the core,” said Matt Gaetz in a statement.
- Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) introduced the “FBI Washington Field Office House Arrest Act” due to “malfeasance” at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Washington Field Office.
- The measure demands the House of Representatives put an end to all spending dedicated to a new FBI headquarters outside of Washington, DC.
- The bill is a response to the Pelosi-led House vote allocating $375 million for a new FBI headquarters as part of the December 2022 Omnibus Bill.
- “There are still good men and women in the FBI whose task and purpose are to defend our country, but the FBI’s weaponized Washington Field Office is rotten to the core,” Gaetz said in a press release.
- “Through our investigations in the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, we have uncovered extremely disturbing testimony from FBI whistleblowers that the Washington Field Office is targeting Americans who oppose their corrupt political agenda,” Gaetz continued. “The cancer at the Washington Field Office has metastasized so large that the entire body is in critical condition. Gifting the FBI a new headquarters larger than the Pentagon would condone, reinforce, and enable their nefarious behavior to levels we have never seen before.”
FROM THE BILL:
- The bill calls for funding a new FBI headquarters to be “quashed” due to the FBI “deviating from its core law enforcement mission, and has begun targeting Americans in a politicized manner.”
- FBI officials sought to “advance a political agenda” by suppressing “credible investigative leads into criminal conduct and, over objection of Bureau field offices, initiated investigations into American citizens for exercising their First Amendment rights,” the bill describes.
- Gaetz’s bill adds that it’s “entirely inappropriate for a domestic law enforcement agency that employs 2.3 percent of the manpower of the United States military to receive a headquarters larger than the Pentagon” and notes that “building a new headquarters would condone, reinforce, and enable the Washington Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s nefarious behavior.”
- The bill is co-sponsored by Representatives Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Dan Bishop (R-NC), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), and Harriet Hageman (R-WY).
- The FBI recently linked parents of schoolchildren, pro-life activists, and Catholics attending Latin Mass with “threat tags,” designating them as potential domestic terrorist threats.
- House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) said of the threat tags on the podcast John Solomon Reports, “If it’s [targeting] parents, that’s one thing. Traditional Catholics — okay, well, that’s a concern too. But when it gets to be three, which is what we learned from a whistleblower when he said they were targeting pro-lifers, now we see a pattern, right?”
- Jordan’s statement comes as FBI whistleblower Garret O’Boyle revealed to Congressional leaders that the bureau used the threat tag “THREATSTOSCOTUS2022″ to deem pro-life individuals as threats to Supreme Court Justices’ safety following the overturn of Roe v. Wade.