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JEFFERSON, MO- Don’t worry Missouri concealed carry permit holders. We’re pretty sure the FBI wouldn’t do anything nefarious with their proposed audit of concealed carry permits collected by county sheriffs.
It’s probably all above board, from the same agency that was directed by the Department of Justice to target school parents at board of education meetings. Nothing to see here, right?
Well one person who trusts the Biden-run FBI about as far as he could throw them is Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, who this month said FBI agents will not be allowed to audit concealed carry permits in his state, US News & World Report says, citing an Associated Press wire.
Schmitt, who is running for the US Senate, drafted a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray, noting he had been told FBI agents planned to visit a number of county sheriffs departments in August to “audit” concealed carry weapons permits.
Wray was advised that a Missouri law prohibits sharing confidential lists kept by sheriffs with federal, state or private entities, including law enforcement agencies such as the FBI. Moreover, Schmitt told Wray allowing federal agents to access the records is a violation of the Second Amendment.
Schmitt said the law, passed while he was serving as a state senator, specifically included the provision mandating only elected county sheriffs have access to such records because lawmakers “wanted to leave no doubt that the citizens of Missouri have a right to bear arms, and the federal government has no business poking around to find out their identities.”
“The FBI has absolutely no business poking around in the private information of those who have obtained a concealed carry permit in Missouri,” Schmitt wrote Wray.
“The Second Amendment rights of Missourians will absolutely not be infringed on my watch. I will use the full power of my Office to stop the FBI which has become relentlessly politicized and has virtually no credibility, from illegally prying around in the personal information of Missouri gun owners.”
Schmitt said he became aware of plans by the FBI to travel to the state in August and conduct an audit of concealed carry permits.
“It has come to my attention that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has informed several Missouri county sheriffs that they will be showing up in August to ‘audit’ CCW permit holder records. The FBI states that, ‘The audit includes an onsite review of your Concealed Carry Weapons Permits…’ Let me be perfectly clear. Allowing federal agents from the FBI to have access to records of Missourians who have a permit to carry a concealed weapon violates Missouri law and infringes on our Second Amendment rights.”
According to Fox News, the FBI is scheming to conduct audits in 24 counties in the state.
The sheriff of one of those counties, Scotland County Sheriff Bryan Whitney, a Republican, told residents of his community that he will “go down with the ship if need be” in protecting the Second Amendment rights of his constituents, vowing not to comply with any demand from the FBI to review his CCW files.
The FBI claimed to Fox News Digital the reason for the audit was that “a small sampling of system transactions is to be inspected for compliance and to ensure there is no misuse of the [FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division] systems.”
They continued noting the CJIS is the “largest collection of criminal justice information shared by the nation’s law enforcement and criminal justice communities.”
This information falls under the oversight of the CJIS Advisory Policy Board (APB) which is comprised of representatives from state, local, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies.”
The FBI claims the “Board sets policy for security and acceptable use of this information and has assigned the FBI responsibility for ensuring compliance through a routine auditing program” of participating agencies for years.
“At no point would auditors require access to lists such as state approved concealed carry holders, nor would the CJIS retain information beyond what is necessary to address a specific compliance concern,” the FBI continued in its statement, claiming the state has “been through this routine audit multiple times, most recently in 2018.”
That was before the FBI became totally politicized, although based on “Crossfire Hurricane” elements of the FBI became rogue long before that.
Since Biden has taken office, the FBI has become completely politically polarized…just ask Roger Stone, Peter Navarro, and Steve Bannon.
“You may wonder why there is such strong suspicion of federal agents here in the ‘Show Me State.’ Simply put, Missourians are hard-working, law-abiding citizens who don’t need a national nanny-state keeping tabs on us. But more than that, over the last couple of years, we’ve seen story after story of incompetence and corruption at the highest levels of the FBI,” Schmitt wrote.
He then specifically called out “deep-staters” within the FBI who have “tarnished the reputation of this once well-respected agency” by targeting parents who expressed outrage over school curricula at school board meetings, and the “witch hunt against President Trump and his team.”
Whitney supports Schmitt’s remarks “100%.” He has also vowed to move the CCW paperwork to a secure location if the FBI issues federal search warrants for the information.
Whitney specified the data breach in June at the California Department of Justice, which exposed personal information of thousands of gun owners who applied for concealed carry permits over the past decade. He said that is “one of the exact reasons” why he is resisting the FBI audit should it in fact happen.
Personal information including names, dates of birth, gender, race, drivers license numbers, addresses and criminal histories were publicly released.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – According to an exclusive report from Fox News, new whistleblower disclosures allege that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is pressuring agents to “reclassify” cases as “domestic violent extremism” on order to appease the Biden administration’s push to focus on these types of cases.
🚨 #BREAKING 🚨
Whistleblowers: FBI Leadership Pressuring Agents to Artificially Pad Domestic Terrorism Data pic.twitter.com/fGuQbUbjX3
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) July 27, 2022
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to FBI Director Chris Wray after he says “brave whistleblowers” came forward with information about “disturbing conduct” at the agency. Jordan wrote, in part:
“From recent protected disclosures, we have learned that FBI officials are pressuring agents to reclassify cases as ‘domestic violent extremism’ even if the cases do not meet the criteria for such a classification.”
“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.”
According to Breitbart News, the same FBI official who is allegedly seeking to pad the FBI’s number of “domestic violent extremism” cases, is the same guy who allegedly shut down investigative activity related to Hunter Biden.
NEW: Brian Auten, an FBI analyst whose 2020 assessment whistleblowers told Grassley was used to wrongly label Hunter Biden evidence as disinfo, had already been referred for possible discipline for his actions detailed in Horowitz’s 2019 FISA abuse report.https://t.co/ciuVYVQc1r
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) July 27, 2022
Assistant Special Agent in Charge Timothy Thibault, whom Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) previously identified in a letter to the FBI about Hunter Biden, is also one of the unidentified agents implicated in the unrelated letter Jordan wrote to the FBI.
In speaking with Breitbart News, Jordan said his initial reaction upon learning about the connection was, “Wow, this is how serious it is.” He added:
“I think the real takeaway for all of us is, just further confirming that the Justice Department is so darn political, which is frightening.”
Later in the day after Jordan had already sent the letter to Wray, a whistleblower informed him that Thibault was the unnamed agent.
Jordan noted that during congressional hearings in 2021, Wray testified that investigations into “domestic violence extremism” had increased “significantly” and that the FBI had “doubled the amount of domestic terrorism investigations.”
In 2021, the Biden administration unveiled a national strategy for countering domestic terrorism, warning that white supremacy and “militia violent extremists” currently present the “most persistent and lethal threats.”
At the time, Attorney General Merrick Garland said:
“In the FBI’s view, the top domestic violence extremist threat comes from racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists, specifically those who advocated for the superiority of the white race.”
Whistleblower: Same FBI Boss Who Shut Down Hunter Biden Dirt Also Pressured Agents to Juice Domestic Violent Extremism Statshttps://t.co/zY5A3iMCfT
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) July 28, 2022
Jordan said that this narrative by the Biden administration is “misleading” due to new whistleblower accounts. Jordan stated:
“We have received accusations that FBI agents are bolstering the number of cases of DVEs to satisfy their superiors.
For example, one whistleblower explained that because agents are not finding enough DVE cases, they are encouraged and incentivized to reclassify cases as DVE cases even through there is minimal, circumstantial evidence to support the reclassification.”
The letter form Jordan to Wray says:
“Another whistleblower – who led at least one high profile domestic terrorism investigation – stated that a field officer Counterterrorism Assistant Special Agent in Charge and the FBI’s Director of the Counterterrorism Division have pressured agents to move cases into the DVE category to hit self-created performance metrics.
According to whistleblowers, the FBI uses these metrics to dispense awards and promotions. Every whistleblower has called it an environment of ‘pressure’ within the FBI.”
“It appears instead that the FBI is more focused on classifying investigations to meet a woke left-wing agenda.”
The Republican lawmaker is demanding documents related to investigations classified as domestic violence extremism, including any communications between the FBI, the DOJ, and the White House on the matter.
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Report: Top FBI official being investigated for “partisan posts” criticizing President Trump and William Barr
June 21st, 2022
WASHINGTON, D.C.- According to reports, a top Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) official may have broken the law with “partisan posts” criticizing former President Donald Trump and former U.S. Attorney General William Barr.
UPDATE: DOJ IG Horowitz says the anti-Trump & anti-Barr social media posts by Timothy Thibault (FBI assistant special agent in charge at the D.C. Field Office) may have violated the Hatch Act & that this has been referred to the Office of Special Counsel.https://t.co/DjmcABB8FC https://t.co/EwJbZvndCA pic.twitter.com/y7u2U1UPsb
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) June 17, 2022
In May, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) urged Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General Michael Horowitz to investigate FBI special agent Timothy Thibault for “potential violations of federal regulations and Department guidelines designed to prevent political bias from infecting FBI matters.”
Weeks later, on Wednesday, June 15th, Horowitz informed Grassley that his body will in fact refer Thibault’s “potential violations of the Hatch Act” to the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC). In his letter to the Republican Senator, Horowitz wrote:
“After carefully reviewing the information in your letter, we determined that some of the allegations and conduct you described in your letter implicate potential violations of the Hatch Act, which limits certain political activities of federal employees.”
“The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) is responsible for investigating and prosecuting alleged violations of the Hatch Act. As a result, we have referred the relevant allegations to OSC to review and respond as it deems appropriate.”
An FBI spokesperson told The Daily Caller News Foundation:
“Any allegations of misconduct are taken seriously and referred to the Inspection division … all FBI employees are held to the highest standards of professional and ethical conduct.”
DOJ Inspector General Michael #Horowitz informed Republican Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley Wednesday that his body will refer assistant #FBI special #agent Timothy Thibault’s “potential violations of the #HatchAct” to the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC). https://t.co/wcoYydbAzN
— 🙏🇺🇸 Kari 🇺🇸 ⚔️🛡⚔️ (@KKaaRRii2) June 21, 2022
According to the OSC, the Hatch Act, which was passed in 1939, “limits certain political activities of federal employees, as well as some states, D.C., and local government employees who work in connection with federally funded programs.”
Grassley also wrote to Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray in May with a June 14th deadline to provide documents in connection with Thibault and his work for the bureau.
Grassley said that Thibault, who has overseen “the FBI’s most significant federal public corruption investigations,” has demonstrated a “patter of improper commentary” on social media with regard to Trump and Barr.
The Republican senator added that Thibault’s LinkedIn network is comprised of “current and former FBI personnel” and he has posted publicly.
Tom Jones, executive director of the federal watchdog American Accountability Foundation, told The Daily Caller News Foundation that given that “public corrupt investigations” are some of the “most sensitive cases,” officials should not act partisan. Jones added:
“The fact that there are agents who cannot seem to set their political biases aside will have a corrosive effect on public confidence in public corruption investigations for a division that has been struggling to reassure the public for decades of its impartiality.”
FBI agent in DC, Timothy Thibault has extensive social media posts raging against White people, Southerners, Catholics, etc.
Conservatives are wrong if they think this sentiment at FBI is limited to political appointees
Grassley raises alarm over FBI https://t.co/CJzY2pNk8m
— DuckyOfWindsor (@DWindsorAndMe) June 3, 2022
According to Grassley, in 2020, Thibault also retweeted a post by the anti-Trump Lincoln Project of an article in The Atlantic titled “Donald Trump is a Broken Man.” Grassley also said that Thibault tweeted to Republican Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney that her “dad is a disgrace” in 2020.
The senator said that the FBI official “liked” a LinkedIn post for a February 2020 opinion article in The Washington Post, which argued that the DOJ should have convicted longtime Trump friend and former campaign adviser Roger Stone in connection with the Russian probe.
Thibault also allegedly “liked” a September 2020 opinion article in The Washington Post titled “William Barr has Gone Rogue.”
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