In a recent letter to Inspector General Horowitz, GOP Senator Chuck Grassley shined a bright spotlight on allegations of sexual misconduct at the FBI and allegations that the FBI had not properly handled those allegations, saying:
On October 5, 2022, I wrote to the Justice Department and FBI with respect to lawful, protected whistleblower disclosures provided to my office that included allegations and records showing hundreds of FBI employees retired or resigned because of sexual misconduct allegations against them and that they did so in order to avoid accountability. The allegations and records paint a disgraceful picture of abuse and misconduct within the FBI.
Simply put, such misconduct is beyond unacceptable and must be put to an end. In my letter, I noted that after the Associated Press news article, Under the Rug: Sexual Misconduct Shakes the FBI’s Senior Ranks, the Justice Department reviewed the FBI’s disciplinary case database, Javelin. That review produced a Justice Department document titled “Retirements and Resignations During Unwelcome Sexual Conduct Adjudications.”
The document noted that the Justice Department reviewed 8,686 summaries in Javelin and found that from 2004 to December 23, 2020, “665 FBI employees, including 45 [Senior Executive Service]- level employees have retired or resigned following an FBI or [Justice Department Office of Inspector General] investigation into alleged misconduct, but prior to [the Office of Professional Responsibility’s] issuance of a final disciplinary letter.”
[…]FBI employees should not have to suffer under daily abuse and misconduct by their colleagues and supervisors. Accordingly, I am requesting that you immediately open a review of the Justice Department’s and FBI’s management of sexual misconduct claims, including how many employees who separated from federal service before the resolution of an investigation received the required notice in their personnel file, 12 the apparent failure to ensure the Javelin database includes full and complete data, and the unequal application of disciplinary rules.
Grassley’s letter is a follow-up to whistleblower concerns first raised in early October, at which time the AP reported that:
A U.S. senator is pressing the FBI for more information after a whistleblower alleged that an internal review found 665 FBI personnel have resigned or retired to avoid accountability in misconduct probes over the past two decades.
The whistleblower told the office of Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, that the Justice Department launched the review of the FBI’s disciplinary database in 2020 following an Associated Press investigation into sexual misconduct allegations involving at least six senior FBI officials.
The follow-up review found 665 FBI employees, including 45 senior-level officials, resigned or retired between 2004 and 2020 following a misconduct probe but before a final disciplinary letter could be issued, according to a letter this week from Grassley to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland.
So perhaps the FBI should devote a few more resources to policing its ranks and a few less to trying to set up Trump supporters for crimes that look bad and help Democrats, such as the mostly-FBI “plot” to kidnap Gretchen Whitmer.
By: Gen Z Conservative
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