Former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent Garret O’Boyle said his family became homeless after he reported “illegal activity” in the agency, according to a report from the House Judiciary Committee and Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government released on Thursday.
O’Boyle disclosed possible illegal actions to his Supervisory Special Agent, and the FBI subsequently reassigned him to a different department that forced him to relocate his family across the country, according to the report. Upon arrival on his first day, the FBI placed O’Boyle on “unpaid, indefinite suspension, effectively rendering his ‘family homeless’” and depriving them of personal belongings, “including his young children’s clothing,” which the FBI kept in storage, according to the report.
O’Boyle and other FBI whistleblowers each detailed instances of retaliatory actions they have dealt with after making protected disclosures regarding what they sincerely believed to be misconduct, according to the report. (RELATED: ‘They Want To Be In Charge’: Sen. Josh Hawley Calls For ‘Top To Bottom Housecleaning’ At FBI)
A common thread among their accounts is that the FBI infringed upon federal whistleblower protection statutes and exploited the security clearance evaluation process “to hamstring the brave agents who exercise their right to make protected disclosures to Congress or who dared to question agency leadership.”
O’Boyle served the U.S. Army as an infantryman in Iraq and Afghanistan for a year each, according to his testimony in the report. He received the Combat Infantryman Badge.
The report alleged that the whistleblower testimony reveals “that the FBI’s partisan leadership is currently engaging in a ‘purge’ of agents who hold conservative beliefs.”
The whistleblower disclosures and Special Counsel John Durham’s report show “that the FBI has become politically weaponized,” according to the report.
One of the whistleblowers said the FBI is currently “cancerous” and has “let itself become enveloped in this politicization and weaponization.”
The FBI classified “every single January 6th case . . . as a domestic terrorism case,” according to O’Boyle, despite hundreds of them being resolved as “petty crimes” like “trespassing and disorderly conduct.”
“[T]he FBI holds [the January 6th investigation] up as the biggest investigation that it’s ever had,” he testified. “So if you’re categorizing all of them as domestic terrorism cases, yeah, they would double.”
“The FBI’s mission is to uphold the Constitution and protect the American people,” the FBI told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “The FBI has not and will not retaliate against individuals who make protected whistleblower disclosures.”
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