Weaponizing the DOJ and Operating in the Shadows

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Weaponizing the DOJ and Operating in the Shadows

January 21, 2024 - 07:08
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Over the past few years, we have seen countless examples of the Biden administration targeting Americans with conservative beliefs.

From tracking anyone who traveled to the D.C. area on January 6, 2021, to labeling concerned parents as domestic terrorists, and even flagging anyone who purchased a bible or shopped at Cabela’s as a potential “Homegrown Violent Extremist” (more on that later).

Given the recent controversies that launched our federal law enforcement agencies into the limelight, you would think they would want to follow the lead of the 27 states that require interviews to be recorded.

Unfortunately, you would be wrong.

While courts have stenographers and police cars have dashcams, the Department of Justice has no official requirement to record its interviews.

They simply take notes and summarize what is said during an interview on something called a 302 form, which gives them free rein to characterize or mischaracterize what was said.

The FBI’s honor system style of taking notes, to sum up an interview instead of a recording came under fire when it was revealed that during the FBI’s 2016 interview of President Trump’s National Security Advisor, Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, after the agent boasted his goal was to, “get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired.”

The agents who interviewed General Flynn failed to submit their 302 forms within the 5-day requirement because they were busy revising and altering what was said – even having agents who weren’t even there for the interview weigh in on the editing process.

Earlier this Congress, I introduced H.R. 5736, the Federal Accountability in Interviews Reform Act (FAIR) to ensure fairness and promote accountability in the DOJ and FBI by requiring interviews to be electronically recorded.

This commonsense measure will help convict the guilty, protect the innocent, expose bad actors, and shield law enforcement from false claims. This week the FAIR Act passed out of the House Judiciary Committee on a bipartisan vote of 22-1, and I look forward to it coming to the House floor for further consideration.

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This is what you get when career politicians and government employees are in there year after year, they become unchecked tyrants who might even think they are right and infallible.

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