Two whistleblower FBI agents set to appear before Jim Jordan’s House Judiciary Committee alleging misconduct at the FBI had their security clearances revoked earlier this month over security concerns, according to a letter signed by the FBI acting assistant director Christopher Dunham addressed to Jordan.
Both agents lost their clearances for sympathizing with January 6 rioters.
Marcus Allen and Stephen Friend both had their security clearances suspended in 2021 and 2022 while investigations of the two were persued.
- Marcus Allen’s security was revoked when the FBI found he “expressed sympathy for persons or organizations that advocate, threaten or use force or violence,” and had warned colleagues to use discretion and caution when persuing January 6 leads or inquiries. Allen also linked in an e-mail a website suggesting the federal law enforcement had infiltrated the Capitol riot, raising “serious concerns” about the U.S. government participation in the riot.
- Stephen Friend refused last summer to take part in a SWAT arrest of a Jan. 6 suspect who was facing misdemeanor charges, citing an excessive use of force. Friend stated, “I have a moral objection and want to be considered a conscientious objector.”
- A third agent, Brett Gloss, had his top-secret security clearance revoked two weeks ago after an investigation found while moving with the pro-Trump mob on Jan. 6, he entered a restricted area of the Capitol grounds — a violation of federal law.