In The News
March 16, 2023

New York Post

Now that Democrats are in the minority in the House and unable to abuse their power as easily as they have for the last two years, they are resorting to shameless lies to sabotage oversight hearings and trash whistleblowers and other inconvenient witnesses. 

As queen of this disinformation operation, they have anointed a little-known Democrat named Stacey Plaskett, who is not even a full-fledged member of Congress. 

Plaskett’s favorite adjective is “so-called,” which is ironic since she is a so-called member of Congress.

In a 316-page unauthorized report full of falsehoods and deceptively edited quotes from his confidential testimony to the committee last month, Plaskett and Nadler derided hero FBI Agent Steve Friend as a “so-called” whistleblower. 

They lied about the status of his whistleblower complaint to the DOJ Inspector General, violated his confidentiality by leaking cherry-picked portions of his testimony to the media and then falsely portrayed him as being a kook in the pay of “far-right” Trump operatives. 

Friend, who first revealed his whistleblower complaint in The Post last year, sacrificed a career he loved as a respected member of the FBI’s Special Weapons and Tactics team in Florida to do the right thing. 

He exposed the ugly truth about a hyper-politicized bureau, cooking the books to exaggerate the threat of domestic terrorism, and using an overzealous Jan. 6 investigation to persecute conservatives and violate their constitutional rights. 

This admission was prompted by Friend’s lawyers at whistleblower protection organization Empower Oversight. 

After the Democrat smear sheet was published, Empower President Tristan Leavitt wrote to the IG on March 6 asking that he set the record straight because the silence of his office was being “hijacked by partisans and their media allies to leave a false impression with the public — all in the service of undermining a whistleblower for political purposes.” 

On Monday, Assistant Inspector General Sean O’Neill confirmed in an official letter that the investigation is ongoing. 

“As we conveyed to your office in early February, we are interested in interviewing Mr. Friend about his allegations, which remain under assessment by our office. We will follow up with you shortly to schedule an interview.” 

So far, The Washington Post and Rolling Stone have issued corrections about aspects of their coverage.

But the damage is done. 

The Plaskett-Nadler report was spun up to try to discredit the devastating testimony of Friend and other suspended FBI employees not as whistleblowers but just as “aggrieved” employees who have “trafficked in right-wing conspiracy theories . . . and received financial support from a top ally of former President Donald J. Trump”. 

It is despicable to portray an act of charity as if it were a form of corruption, but that’s what it’s come to in Washington, where Democrats are desperately scrambling to hide the abuses of the past two years, whether the dishonest narrative from their partisan Jan. 6 committee, the coverup of the Biden corruption story or the censorship industrial complex. 

But the American people are beginning to see the truth. 

The day Friend’s disclosures were published in The Post, a stranger came to his door, a retired Marine who just wanted to shake his hand. 

“He was crying,” Friend recalled.

“This meant a lot to people.”

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