Suspended Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Garret O'Boyle delivered chilling testimony on Thursday warning his colleagues not to speak out about government corruption after he alleged that the agency left his "family homeless."
During Thursday's House Judiciary Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government hearing, O'Boyle advised future whistleblowers not to come forward about potential FBI corruption because of the alleged retaliation he and his family endured.
North Dakota Republican Rep. Kelly Armstrong asked O'Boyle what advice he would give to future government whistleblowers.
"With all of the hardships you've gone through, if one of your really good friends, your former colleague, came to you and said, 'I have this thing that is being covered up and I think the American people need to know about it,' what advice would you give them?" Armstrong inquired.
O'Boyle replied, "I would tell them first to pray about it, long and hard."
"I would tell them I could take it to Congress for them, or I could put them in touch with Congress," he continued. "But I would advise them not to do it."
Armstrong asked, "You would legitimately try to protect one of your colleagues from doing what you have done?"
"Absolutely," O'Boyle responded without hesitation.
"And how do you think that solves being able to shine light on corruption, weaponization, any kind of misconduct that exists with the American people?" Armstrong questioned.
"It doesn't solve it," O'Boyle candidly replied before giving an eerie warning to future whistleblowers.
"But the FBI will crush you," he continued. "This government will crush you and your family if you try to expose the truth about things they are doing that are wrong."
"We are all examples of that," O'Boyle stated, referring to himself along with two other FBI whistleblowers — former Special Agent Stephen Friend and suspended Supervisory Intelligence Analyst George Hill — who testified in front of Congress Thursday.
Armstrong yielded back his time, concluding, "I can't think of a more sobering way to end a hearing."
The three on-the-record FBI whistleblowers accused the agency of "retaliatory conduct" after they spoke out about the bureau's "abuse and misconduct" and "politicized rot."
A report released Thursday by the committee revealed allegations that the FBI unjustly investigated Americans and pressured staff to "reclassify cases as domestic violent extremism (DVE), and even manufactured DVE cases where they may not otherwise exist."
According to O'Boyle, after he came forward with the allegations, the FBI relocated him to an office on the other side of the country. O'Boyle claimed that when he arrived for his first day of work at the new field office, he was informed by the FBI that he was being placed on unpaid suspension.
The whistleblower stated that the agency effectively left him and his family "homeless" and prevented him from accessing their belongings, which were still in FBI storage because of the recent relocation.
The FBI continues to deny the whistleblowers' allegations.
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