Thanks to informants willing to put their jobs and their safety on the line, Republican lawmakers have been able to piece together tons of evidence about the politicization of the FBI.
But Democrats are doing their best to sully the reputation of these whistleblowers, as evidenced during a congressional hearing on Wednesday.
As Just the News reported:
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) alleged during FBI Director Christopher Wray’s testimony before the House Judiciary Committee that FBI whistleblowers O’Boyle and Allen were given donations by fellow whistleblower Kyle Seraphin after testifying before Congress.
“Here’s another picture,” Jackson said, referencing two screenshots that were brought to the hearing. “It’s the checks that were sent to both O’Boyle and Allen. Each check was for $255,194. Let me say that again. These men were paid $255,194 after they testified as so-called whistleblowers.”Advertisement
When Jackson was done speaking, Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.) jumped in and corrected her, stating that neither whistleblower received the money.
“They actually haven’t received the money,” Johnson said. “Have a unanimous considerate request- Mr. Chairman of a tweet Matthew Foldi put out during this hearing.”
Here’s the tweet that Johnson referenced:
Marcus Allen has not received $250,000. He has not received or cashed the check that Kyle Seraphin posted online.
Allen is seeking legal advice about whether and how he can accept donations… pic.twitter.com/2NN34BRqbD
— Matthew Foldi (@MatthewFoldi) July 12, 2023
Conservative pundits and those with knowledge of the whistleblowers’ actions were quick to call Democrats out on their deception.
This fact check correcting Ranking Member Nadler is accurate.
It is reprehensible for a Member of Congress to attack our client, FBI #whistleblower Marcus Allen, with bogus accusations.
Far from profiting, he’s had to deplete his family’s retirement savings to survive. https://t.co/zpFiviPkRL
— Jason Foster (@JsnFostr) July 12, 2023
Rep. Jackson Lee seeking to discredit FBI and IRS whistleblowers in "questioning" of FBI Director Wray — insinuating at least FBI whistleblowers are somehow bought and paid for. Rebutted in real-time by @RepMikeJohnson referencing this from @MatthewFoldi https://t.co/JgLQodUwry
— Benjamin Weingarten (@bhweingarten) July 12, 2023
In reality, whistleblowers like Steve Friend are standing up to the federal government to share their unique knowledge of what goes on behind the scenes. While this behavior is denounced by modern-day Democrats, many rank-and-file members of the intelligence community are clearly supportive.
According to the New York Post:
Thirty former FBI agents, including a retired deputy assistant director, head of counterterrorism and five SWAT team members, have spoken out publicly in support of suspended FBI whistleblower Stephen Friend.
Their heartfelt messages, obtained exclusively by The Post, show a deep and widespread anguish about the politicization of the FBI.
“It’s time to stop the FBI from being the enforcer of a political party’s ideology,” says Ernie Tibaldi, a retired agent from San Francisco. “We need to re-establish the FBI as the apolitical and independent law enforcement entity that it always was.”
Here’s what the whistleblowers had to say in their own words: