Allegations Of Political Bias Emerge In FBI Security Clearance Revocation

Concerns about political bias within the FBI have surfaced following the revocation of a long-serving employee’s security clearance, reportedly based on his political views and activities. This development has sparked a debate about the fairness and impartiality of security clearance processes within federal agencies.

The issue came to light after Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) shared details on social media, emphasizing how easily security clearances can be jeopardized by political beliefs. According to memos obtained by Just the News, the FBI’s Security Division asked witnesses whether the employee had expressed support for Donald Trump, opposed COVID-19 vaccinations, or attended the January 2021 Richmond Lobby Day rally for Second Amendment supporters.

The review, conducted in Spring 2022, involved questioning at least three colleagues of the employee. While some referred to him as a “gun nut,” they noted he had not promoted violence. These inquiries were part of a broader security clearance review process that has raised questions about potential political bias.

Tristan Leavitt, the employee’s lawyer, contends that his client was subjected to this review after self-reporting a personal day off to attend the January 6, 2021, rally in Washington, D.C. Leavitt maintains that his client did not engage in any criminal activities or enter the Capitol building during the event.

In a letter addressed to Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, Leavitt criticized the FBI’s Security Division for its approach. “Instead of limiting its investigation to legitimate issues, SecD (Security Division) acted as if support for President Trump, objecting to COVID-19 vaccinations, or lawfully attending a protest was the equivalent of being a member of Al Qaeda or the Chinese Communist Party,” Leavitt wrote. He is urging an investigation into whether the review process is tainted by political bias against conservatives within the bureau.

Leavitt further commented, “The FBI’s intentions are made clear by the questions it chose to put in black and white on a government document.” This statement highlights concerns about the possibility of political litmus tests within the FBI and their impact on the impartiality of security clearance evaluations.

This case underscores the importance of ensuring that security clearance processes remain free from political influence and protect individuals’ rights to personal beliefs and lawful activities. As calls for an investigation into the matter grow, it remains crucial to address these concerns to maintain trust in federal institutions and their commitment to impartiality and fairness.