In the letter, Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., and Del. Stacey Plaskett, D-Virgin Islands sent to AG Garland, they allege that Garret O’Boyle, an FBI agent who was presented in a public hearing by House Republicans as a whistleblower, lied to Congress and DoJ should investigate the matter.
The FBI suspended O’Boyle because internal investigators had concluded that he leaked sensitive investigative information to the right-wing group Project Veritas, according to a bureau official.
Lawmakers learned about the reason for O’Boyle’s suspension, which was previously unreported, in testimony that Jennifer Moore, executive assistant director of the FBI for human resources, provided to the House Judiciary Committee’s Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government. Portions of her testimony are included in a letter that top Democrats on the Judiciary and Weaponization panels wrote to Garland, alleging that O’Boyle lied to the committee about leaking information prior to his suspension.
Moore pointed to an interview that Project Veritas conducted with an anonymous subject referred to as an “FBI whistleblower.” She said the agency was able to determine O’Boyle was that subject.
In addition to the interview, Moore said, the bureau’s investigation revealed that O’Boyle had also removed sensitive information from FBI computers and provided it to Project Veritas without authorization. Some of the information shared with the right-wing site was part of an active criminal investigation, she told the committee. There was an urgency to locate who was leaking the information because of the risk it presented, she said, according to the letter.