Jim Jordan accuses FBI of targeting ‘domestic civil society organizations’ for being conservative

By Jenny Goldsberry

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) wants to probe the Federal Bureau of Investigation for “targeting” a conservative think tank without “credible allegation of a crime.” The Concerned Women for America came under attack by the FBI in 2016. Then, the FBI performed a Charity Assessment. Jordan is says the assessment was unwarranted in the first place.

According to their website, “Concerned Women for America protects and promotes Biblical values and Constitutional principles through prayer, education, and advocacy.” The group is notably pro-life, pro-Israel and against critical race theory.

First, “third-party charity rating services deemed the charity to be ‘underperform[ing],’” according to the Ohio lawmaker. As a result, in July 2016 the FBI opened an investigation on CWA. In July of this year, a heavily redacted document detailing the investigation was released. Then, Jordan penned a letter Wednesday to FBI Director Christopher Wray.

“This document raises serious questions about the FBI’s targeting of domestic civil society organizations on the basis of a third-party opinion, and not any credible allegation of a crime,” Jordan wrote. While the original investigation took place under then Director James Comey, Jordan worries that it’s dated evidence of a greater precedent at the bureau.

Now, Jordan is conducting oversight over the FBI’s Charity Assessments. As ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee he is demanding they hand over all of their unredacted assessments, including CWA’s.

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In response, the organization thanked Jordan in a tweet. “Thank you, [Rep. Jordan] for your efforts on this,” it read. “Freedom and liberty are severely burdened when Americans cannot trust their government officials and institutions. We are grateful for your oversight and look forward to finally getting some answers.”

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