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'Domestic violent extremism' numbers inflated by FBI, ex-official says

Former FBI Counterterrorism Division Assistant Director Jill Sanborn is being called by Rep. Jim Jordan to testify regarding whistleblower claims that agents are pressured into reclassifying cases as "domestic violent extremist" despite the fact that they do not meet the criteria.

Between January 2020 and April 2021, Sanborn served at the law enforcement agency as assistant director of the Counterterrorism Division, followed by working at the National Security branch as executive assistant director.

Apparently, Sanborn was in charge of pressure campaigns to force agents to reclassify domestic violence cases as domestic violent extremism, according to Jordan.

“One whistleblower explained that because agents are not finding enough DVE cases, they are encouraged and incentivized to reclassify cases as DVE cases even though there is minimal, circumstantial evidence to support the reclassification,” Jordan wrote.

Among the many allegations he and the other members of the committee are investigating that concern "the politicization of the FBI," according to a letter he wrote to Sanborn on Aug. 10 when he served as the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee. According to the whistleblower allegations, the FBI is pushing agents to inflate domestic violence cases, among others.

11 August 2022


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