The House Judiciary Committee revealed on Wednesday that the FBI’s Richmond Field Office had coordinated with multiple other member locations across the nation to produce its infamous memo labeling traditional Catholics as potential domestic terrorists.
The letter, sent to FBI Director Christopher Wray, said that new information produced to the committee revealed the FBI had relied on offices across the country, including a liaison contact in the Portland office and reporting from the FBI’s Los Angeles Office, to develop its assessment of traditional Catholics as potential domestic terrorists.
The letter noted that the information contradicts what Wray previously testified before the committee.
“This new information suggests that the FBI’s use of its law enforcement capabilities to intrude on American’s First Amendment rights is more widespread than initially suspected and reveals inconsistencies with your previous testimony before the Committee,” the letter, signed by Chairmans Jim Jordan and Mike Johnson, read.
They said that the committee has been seeking information related to the FBI’s January 20, 2023 documents “Interest of Radically or Ethnically Motivated Violent Extremists in Radical-Traditionalist Catholic Ideology Almost Certainly Presents,” and have yet to hear back regarding an April 10 subpoena.
On July 17, the committee notified the FBI that if they failed to “substantially improve its compliance” with the subpoena, the committee may seek contempt proceedings.
On July 25, the FBI produced a version of the Richmond document with fewer redactions than the previous two iterations, with the new version showing that the FBI’s actions were not limited to “a single field office,” as Wray had previously testified.