FBI SWAT Agent Turns Whistleblower After Realizing Manipulation Behind ‘Bogus’ Jan. 6 Raids

An FBI whistleblower has come forward and says he lost his badge for refusing to participate in a January 6, 2021 SWAT raid on a suspect’s home in the Capitol.

FBI Special Agent Steve Friend believes this treatment of Americans bears no relation to the alleged crimes.

The New York Post reported that Friend filed a whistleblower complaint with the Justice Department on Wednesday, alleging that the FBI’s Washington, DC field office was politicized by an “overzealous” Jan. 6 investigation to target conservatives to harass and violate their basic constitutional rights.

The 37-year-old pointed out that the Jan. 6 raids are being conducted against people accused primarily of misdemeanor crimes such as parading on Capitol grounds and disorderly conduct.

Friend, who said he did not vote for Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election, refused to participate in an Aug. 24 raid on a Jan. 6 subject in the Jacksonville, Fla., area and said he was a “Conscientious Objectors”.


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“I have an oath to uphold the constitution,” he told superiors.

On August 19, the agent told his immediate supervisor, Supervisor Senior Resident Agent Greg Federico, that he believed “it was inappropriate to use an FBI SWAT team to arrest an individual for misdemeanor and opined that the person would likely face lengthy imprisonment and biased jury pools in Washington, DC,” according to the Post.

“I suggested alternatives, such as issuing a subpoena or using surveillance groups to determine an optimal, safe time for a local sheriff’s deputy to contact subjects and notify them of the warrant’s existence,” he said friends

He was suspended Monday, “stripped of his gun and badge, and escorted out of the FBI field office in Daytona Beach, Fla.,” after being declared absent without leave when he failed to attend the Aug. 24 raid appeared, the Post said.

In his whistleblower complaint to DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, seen by the Post, Friend detailed multiple violations of FBI policy related to the Jan. 6 investigation.

He identified the “manipulation” of the FBI’s case management log and the routing of Jan. 6 cases to field offices across the country to provide evidence that right-wing domestic violence is a widespread, ongoing problem and is not primarily related to one incident.

Friend also claimed that anonymous tips were being used to open cases against innocent Americans away from the Capitol.

He went on to say the FBI retrospectively designated the lawn outside the Capitol as a restricted area — although it did not do so on Jan. 6, 2021 — to increase the number of people facing prosecution.


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Friend warned that the FBI intends to prosecute Americans even remotely connected to January 6th, dropping a new wave of individuals in field offices.

The Post’s Miranda Devine, who wrote the Friend story, told Fox News host Tucker Carlson Wednesday night that Friend “is an American hero.”

“He had the dream job. He’s been with the FBI for 12 years. He’s a SWAT team member,” she said.

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“But he just couldn’t live with his conscience after being dragged away from these very important child pornography, child exploitation and human trafficking investigations that he was working on and being drawn into these really fake January 6 cases that are just there to think.” I, support the rhetoric we’re hearing from the White House that domestic terrorism is the worst threat to America since the Civil War,” Devine said.

She said Friend spoke to GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and other Republicans about what he saw.

It’s worth noting that Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas asked then-FBI Deputy Executive Director Jill Sanborn in January, “How many FBI agents or confidential informants were actively involved in the events of January 6?”

“Sir, I’m sure you understand that I can’t go into the details of sources and methods,” Sanborn replied.

She also declined to answer Cruz’s follow-up question about whether any FBI agents or informants took an active part in the events of January 6th.

If you want a glimpse of the raids the FBI conducted on people’s homes on Jan. 6, actor and producer Nick Searcy documented the experience well in his 2021 film, Capitol Punishment.

It’s “a film about what the FBI and Justice Department are doing to patriotic, loyal Americans who have never been arrested for anything else, who went to Washington on January 6 to make their voices heard,” Searcy said in an interview after the release of the film.

One of the cases he highlighted was that of Derek Kinnison, who the filmmaker said had no criminal record and never even went to the Capitol. The DOJ accused the Californian of being on the premises and obstructing an official process.

Kinnison recounted in “Capitol Punishment” that at 6:02 a.m. on February 19, 2021, a BearCat tactical vehicle carrying FBI agents in riot gear rolled into his neighborhood.

Then a loudspeaker announced that the FBI had a search warrant for the house and ordered the residents to come out immediately with their hands up.

“You’d expect them to call,” Searcy said. “Call him up and say, ‘We’d like to speak to you.’ Right? But no, they do it on purpose because they are trying to terrorize.”

“By driving these armored vehicles and all these SWAT team members into these small neighborhoods, they are not only terrorizing Derek and his family, they are also sending a message to his community, to all of his neighbors: ‘This is a dangerous person here,’ ‘ Searcy said.

In the case of Felipe Antonio Martinez, who also did not enter the Capitol, the FBI taxied to his California home early in the morning and gave him 60 seconds to answer the door.

Agents smashed in Martinez’s sliding glass door at the back of the home.

His teenage daughter told Searcy that the FBI used two concussion grenades and handcuffed her during the raid.

So friend is right. Americans don’t deserve this kind of treatment from their government simply because they exercise their constitutional rights.

Bravo to him and other whistleblowers who decide enough is enough.

Randy DeSoto has written more than 2,000 articles for The Western Journal since joining the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book We Hold These Truths and screenwriter of the political documentary I Want Your Money.

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