Former FBI Special Agent Nicole Parker (Photographer: Anna Rose Layden/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
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A group of retired FBI agents told the Daily Caller News Foundation that the agency has become "too entrenched with partisan politics" and called for an investigation into the bureau's political "weaponization."
Former senior FBI agents with more than two decades of experience noted that they love the agency but expressed concerns that the bureau is too politically biased.
The group supported former FBI Special Agent Nicole Parker's decision to step away from the bureau last year.
In February, Parker told the House Judiciary Committee's Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, "The FBI became politically weaponized, starting from the top in Washington [and] trickling down to the field offices."
The agents, who asked to remain anonymous out of fear of retaliation, stated, "We identified with Nicole Parker's claim that 'The FBI became politically weaponized, starting from the top in Washington trickling down to the field offices,' illustrated by inflating domestic violent extremism statistics, directing big tech companies to censor Americans, conducting an unprecedented raid on President Trump's home while suppressing key details related to the Hunter Biden probe as 'disinformation' and so on. We have observed firsthand that too many FBI current agents are suffering low morale and too many Americans have lost trust in FBI."
The former agents commended Parker and other FBI whistleblowers, including Steve Friend, George Hill, Garret O'Boyle, and Kyle Seraphin.
One agent said, "We agree privately and uniformly that [the] FBI is heading in the wrong direction and has been too entrenched with partisan politics, starting from Director Comey and intensified under Director Christopher Wray."
The retired agents called for an investigation into the bureau to restore the public's trust in the law enforcement agency.
"It is no exaggeration to say that [the] FBI has no longer functioned as an apolitical agency, an agency with no bias," the agents stated. "The top two floors of the Hoover building are filled with self-served and greedy bureaucrats, not doers, just talkers. It's time to clean house, restore public trust and start over. A thorough investigation is justified."
"Creating a select subcommittee and opening up investigation is a step in the right direction," the group added. "More FBI agents need to come forward, tell the truth and uncover the extent of the FBI's weaponization. Change only happens when we fight for it. I believe deeply that we need a reformed FBI. To address and fix the problems, we should first identify the problems."
The FBI told the DCNF in a statement that it would cooperate with the oversight committee.
"The FBI recognizes the importance of Congressional oversight and remains committed to cooperating with Congress's oversight requests consistent with its constitutional and statutory responsibilities," the agency stated.
"The FBI is dedicated to protecting the American people from terrorism, violent crime, cyber threats and other dangers," the agency's statement continued. "Put quite simply: we follow the facts without regard for politics. While outside opinions and criticism often come with the job, we will continue to follow the facts wherever they lead, do things by the book, and speak through our work."
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Candace Hathaway is a staff writer for Blaze News.