The Department of Justice Inspector General published a report this week critiquing the politicization of their department. However, on Tuesday, the FBI raided the Mesa County homes of a Republican election official as well as several of her associates, in connection to a dispute over efforts to preserve 2020 election records.
The FBI raided the Mesa County Clerk & Recorder Tina Peters’ home, along with two other residents, in collaboration with county and state law enforcement. Raids on the homes of James O’Keefe, a conservative guerrilla journalist, and some of his associates from Project Veritas were carried out by the bureau.
Numerous journalists, elected officials, and members of the American Civil Liberties Union expressed concern about possible infringements of press freedom by both the FBI and Justice Department during the O’Keefe raid. These fears were further heightened when the raid information was published by the New York Times. Project Veritas has been defending itself against the lawsuit.
This week, the DOJ inspector general issued a report reprimanding the department for not adhering to its policies regarding avoiding political bias.
“The Department faces a challenge in addressing public perception about its objectivity and insulation from political influence. The Department’s efficacy as the guardian of the rule of law depends on maintaining the public trust in its integrity, impartiality, and ability to effectively administer justice,” Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz stated in his report.
Horowitz’s criticism of the department comes after Attorney General Merrick Garland directed the FBI to investigate parents protesting the policies of their children’s schools. The DOJ also misled the FISA court in Russia collusion and declined to prosecute Hillary Clinton in her email probe.
Peters claimed her home was searched at 6 a.m. Tuesday by FBI agents. They took her entire electronics including her phone.
“Large teams of heavily armed federal agents, using a battering ram to break down doors, raided the homes of Republican Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters and several of her friends and colleagues, mostly elderly women in their mid 60s. This is a level of weaponization of the Justice Department we haven’t seen since the McCarthy era. Thank God Tina wasn’t protesting critical race theory at a Virginia school board meeting or they might have brought two battering rams,” Peters’ legal defense fund said in an official statement.
Bishop is a Garfield County resident and was an associate of Peters. informed Mike Lindell and Brannon Howse, Lindell TV Wednesday, that her home had been raided also by the FBI.
She claimed she was handcuffed while agents searched the area to confiscate various electronic devices. Bishop also recounted how the agents “manhandled” her 18-year old daughter.
Bishop claimed she was not told why her house was being searched. However, agents left behind documents related to the search warrant. They stated that she was suspected of inflicting “intentional damage to a protected computer, wire fraud and conspiracy to cause damage to a protected computer.”