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April 24, 2023

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Republican Sens. Chuck Grassley (Iowa) and Ron Johnson (Wisc.) sent letters to the Justice Department demanding answers after a former FBI agent said he was forced to sign a nondisclosure agreement that did not include the legally required whistleblower exceptions allowing him to come forward to Congress.

Whistleblower protections have been enshrined in federal law for more than a decade, and federal agencies may not use taxpayer dollars for nondisclosure agreements without including whistleblower exceptions. However, former Special Agent Steve Friend, who came forward in the fall with claims that the FBI used excessive tactics and did not follow its own rules in probing the Jan. 6 riot, provided the GOP senators with the nondisclosure agreement he was forced to sign that did not include the required anti-gag provision.

“The FBI is not above the law, and Congress needs to hold it accountable,” Tristan Leavitt, president of the nonprofit watchdog Empower Oversight, said after the senators sent their letters to Justice Department officials. “Congress cannot allow agencies to thumb its nose at its power of the purse. Those who blow the whistle deserve to be protected, not punished and silenced.”

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