Republicans in the House have been called “soulless demons” by an FBI whistleblower because they voted to approve funds that will be used for new headquarters for the agency, while also not taking any steps to reform it.
Steve Friend, the whistleblower for the FBI, posted on the social media platform X late last week, following the Republican-led House voting to provide the Federal Bureau of Investigation with new headquarters that will cost $300 million.
On X, he wrote:
“Last year, I brought protected whistleblower disclosures about FBI weaponization to House GOP. They used it to go on TV and get elected. I lost my career and am under FBI investigation. Today the House GOP voted to give the FBI a $300 million HQ. Soulless demons. Go to hell.”
Friend further said that when 70 Republicans in the House voted in favor of the new headquarters – which will be housed just outside of Washington, D.C., in Greenbelt, Maryland – it was in direct contradiction to commitments that were made by Ohio Representative Jim Jordan, who chairs the Judiciary Committee in the House.
“People who swore to lay down their lives for America have questionable loyalty to the country? They are purging and rebuilding an FBI with people willing to roll over their own countrymen.”
Friend spoke with media outlets and said that the House has huge power that members are currently not using. He said:
“There’s a lot more tools at their disposal that I think they have that they’ve not used. They can defund particular individuals’ salaries and positions and programs, and they just haven’t done it.”
Back in mid-May, Friend sat for a deposition with the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government of the Judiciary Committee. He appeared alongside Garret O’Boyle, a special agent for the FBI, as well as Marcus Allen, a staff operations specialist for the agency.
The three men’s testimony was focused on the different ways the FBI and the Department of Justice targeted people who are conservative for surveillance and harassment, and searched for any way they could to draw them into a criminal proceeding.
Friend spoke to this when he posted on X:
“The FBI has put evil people in charge of the most administrative of tasks. The people came at the Suspendables in unlawful ways which we continue to reveal.”
The project to build a new headquarters for the FBI actually began way back in 2013. It is being led by the General Services Administration, which at the time called the project “FBI Headquarters Consolidation.”
The agency currently has its headquarters in the J. Edgar Hoover Building – named, of course, after its most famous directors in history. It’s located on Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest in Washington, D.C.
Now, the headquarters will be located in a suburb that’s north of Washington, D.C., though it’s a quick drive to the nation’s capital.