Bombshell allegations by FBI Special Agent Steve Friend contained in a whistleblower complaint filed late Wednesday with the Department of Justice inspector general reveal a politicized Washington, DC, FBI field office cooking the books to exaggerate the threatÂ of domestic terrorism,Â and Âusing an â€œoverzealousâ€Â January 6 ÂinvestigationÂ to harass conservative Americans and violate their constitutional rights.
Friend, 37, a respected 12-year veteran of the FBI and a SWAT team member, was suspended Monday, stripped of his gun and badge, and escorted out of the FBI field office in Daytona Beach, Fla., after complaining to his supervisors about the violations.
He was declared absent without leave last month for refusing to participate in SWAT raids that he believed violated FBI policy and were a use of excessive force against Jan. 6 Âsubjects accusedÂ of misdemeanor Âoffenses.
This American hero, the father of two small children, has blown up his â€œdream careerâ€ because he could not live with his conscience if he continued to be part of what he sees as the unjust persecutionÂ of conservative Americans.
â€œI have an oath to uphold the Constitution,â€ he told supervisors when he asserted his conscientious objection to joining an Aug. 24 raidÂ on a J6 subjectÂ in the Jacksonville, Fla., area. â€œI have a moral objection and want to be considered a conscientious objector.â€
Friend, who did not vote forÂ Donald TrumpÂ in the 2020 election, said he told his immediate boss twice that he believed the raid, and the investigative process leading up to it, violated FBI policy and the subjectâ€™s right under the Sixth Amendment to a fair trial and Eighth Amendment right against cruelÂ and unusual punishment.
In his whistleblower complaint to DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, obtained by The Post, Friend lays out multiple violations of FBI policyÂ involving J6 investigationsÂ in which he was involved.
He says he was removed from active investigations into child sexual exploitation and human trafficking to work on J6 cases sent from DC. He was told â€œdomestic terrorism was a higher priorityâ€ than child pornography. As a result, he believes his child exploitation investigations were harmed.
He also has reported his concerns aboutÂ a politicized FBIÂ to Republican members of Congress, among 20 whistleblowers from the bureau who have come forward with similar complaints.
Among Friendâ€™s allegations:
- The Washington, DC, field office is â€œmanipulatingâ€ FBI case management protocol and farming out J6 cases to field offices across the country to create the false impression thatÂ right-wing domestic violenceÂ is a widespread national problem that goes far beyond the â€œblack swanâ€ event of Jan. 6, 2021.
- As a result, he was listed as lead agent in cases he had not investigated and which his supervisor had not signed off on, in violation of FBI policy.
- â€ŠFBI domestic terrorism cases are being opened on innocent American citizens who were nowhere near theÂ Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, based on anonymous tips to an FBI hotline or from Facebook spying on their messages. These tips are turned into investigative tools called â€œguardians,â€ after the FBI software that collates them.
- â€ŠThe FBI has post-facto designated a grassy area outside the Capitol as a restricted zone, when it was not restricted on Jan. 6, 2021, in order to widen the net of prosecutions.
- â€ŠThe FBI intends to prosecute everyone even peripherally associated with J6 and anotherÂ wave of J6 subjectsÂ are about to be referred to the FBIâ€™s Daytona Beach resident agency â€œfor investigation and arrest.â€
- â€ŠThe Jacksonville area was â€œinundatedâ€ with â€œguardianâ€ notifications and FBI agents were dispatched to conduct surveillance and knock on peopleâ€™s doors, including people who had not been in Washington, DC, on Jan. 6, 2021, or who had been toÂ the Trump rallyÂ that day but did not go Âinside the Capitol.
Friend says he was punished after complaining to his bosses about being dragged into J6 investigations that were â€œviolating citizensâ€™ Sixth Amendment rights due to overzealous charging by the DOJ and biased jury pools in Washington, DC.â€
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