The FBI’s Political Litmus Test, How to Lose a Security Clearance

Do you support Donald Trump? Have reservations about the covid vaccine? Ever attend a Second Amendment rally?

An unnamed, longtime employee of the bureau had his security clearance revoked after being questioned by FBI officials on those specific topics during a review.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) recently shared a tweet that illustrates just how easily a person can lose his or her top-secret security clearance based on the agency’s political litmus test.

Memos obtained by Just the News show that agents for the FBI’s Security Division asked at least three witnesses in Spring of 2022 whether the employee was known to “vocalize support for President Trump,” or to “vocalize objections to Covid-19 vaccination.”

Agents also asked witnesses whether the employee had attended the January 2021 Richmond Lobby Day rally for Second Amendment Supporters in Virginia. Colleagues who were interviewed referred to the employee as a “gun nut” but also noted that there was “no promotion of violence.”

Tristan Leavitt is the lawyer for the unnamed employee who alleges that he was put through the security clearance review after self-reporting taking a personal day off to go to Washington D.C. for the Jan 6, 2021 rally. Leavitt says his client did not engage in any criminal acts, nor did he enter the Capitol building on that day.

In a letter to Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, Leavitt stated: “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 is asking for an investigation of whether the review process is tainted by political bias against conservatives inside the bureau.

Leavitt added, “The FBl’s intentions are made clear by the questions it chose to put in black and white on a government document.”

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