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Part of former President Donald Trump’s campaign for 2024 is the slogan “they’re not coming after me — they’re coming after you.” A new CBS poll found the majority of conservatives believe that the federal government is targeting them.

The House Judiciary Committee says in a letter it already has proof in an FBI memo that devout Catholics were singled out in an FBI investigation on suspicion there’s a connection between the religion and domestic extremism.

That memo from the Richmond, Virginia, FBI field office was first leaked in February by a former agent and triggered a subpoena and a hearing where FBI Director Christopher Wray testified.

Wray condemned the memo and the targeting of Catholic groups, saying this proposed investigation was exclusive to one FBI branch and proper actions were taken to reverse it.

Committee Chairman Jim Jordan threatened to hold Wray in contempt of Congress if he didn’t comply with a subpoena regarding the document after months of delay. The FBI did hand over the memo with less redactions but urged the committee not to publicly release the information.

Jordan did anyway and is now accusing the FBI director of lying in his testimony after he says the memo revealed more than just one “rogue FBI office” was involved. According to House Republicans, the memo says the FBI branches of Portland and Los Angeles shared the strategy to look into “radical traditionalist Catholics” for “antisemitic, anti-immigrant, anti-LGBTQ and white supremacist ideology.” 

The branches coordinated together in their investigations into Catholic organizations, according to the House committee. 

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There was a fair balance of coverage when the FBI director testified about the memo belonging to one office and corrective action was taken. But many readers are not getting the latest information that suggests the new version of the memo refutes Wray’s testimony.

The committee chairs sent a letter to the FBI saying, “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.”

There was another threat from the House Judiciary Committee recently to hold someone else in contempt of Congress in the investigation on First Amendment right violations largely targeting those with conservative beliefs.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was to be held in contempt of Congress if he didn’t supply the committee with information regarding Big Tech censorship of Americans at the direction of the White House.

Zuckerberg then handed over emails from top Facebook executives discussing how to censor posts that were anti-COVID vaccine.

Read the Straight Arrow News report on what was uncovered.

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PART OF FORMER PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP’S CAMPAIGN FOR 2024 —

IS THE SLOGAN “THEY’RE NOT COMING AFTER ME — THEY’RE COMING AFTER YOU.”

A NEW CBS POLL FOUND THE MAJORITY OF CONSERVATIVES BELIEVE IT — THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS TARGETING **THEM .

IT’S BECOME A LEADING THEME — HEADING INTO THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.

THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE SAYS IT ALREADY HAS PROOF IN AN FBI MEMO “DEVOUT CATHOLICS” WERE SINGLED OUT IN AN FBI INVESTIGATION ON SUSPICION THERE’S A CONNECTION BETWEEN THE RELIGION AND DOMESTIC EXTREMISM.

THAT MEMO FROM THE RICHMOND, VIRGINIA FBI FIELD OFFICE WAS FIRST LEAKED IN FEBRUARY BY A FORMER AGENT –

TRIGGERING A SUBPOENA AND A HEARING WHERE FBI DIRECTOR CHRISTOPHER WRAY TESTIFIED.

WRAY CONDEMNED THE MEMO AND THE TARGETING OF CATHOLIC GROUPS —

SAYING THIS PROPOSED INVESTIGATION WAS EXCLUSIVE TO ONE FBI BRANCH AND PROPER ACTIONS WERE TAKEN TO REVERSE IT.

COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN JIM JORDAN THREATENED TO HOLD WRAY IN CONTEMPT OF CONGRESS IF THEY DIDN’T COMPLY WITH A SUBPOENA  REGARDING THE DOCUMENT AFTER MONTHS OF DELAY..

THE FBI HANDED OVER THE MEMO – WITH LESS REDACTIONS –

BUT URGED THE COMMITTEE NOT TO PUBLICLY RELEASE THE INFORMATION.

JORDAN DID ANYWAY —

AND IS NOW ACCUSING THE FBI DIRECTOR OF LYING IN HIS TESTIMONY –

AFTER IT WAS REVEALED **MORE THAN JUST ONE “ROGUE FBI OFFICE” WAS INVOLVED.

ACCORDING TO HOUSE REPUBLICANS, THE MEMO SAYS THE FBI BRANCHES OF PORTLAND AND LOS ANGELES SHARED THE STRATEGY TO LOOK INTO “RADICAL TRADITIONALIST CATHOLICS” FOR “ANTI-SEMITIC, ANTI-IMMIGRANT, ANTI-LGBTQ, AND WHITE SUPREMACIST IDEOLOGY.”

THE BRANCHES COORDINATED TOGETHER IN THEIR INVESTIGATIONS INTO CATHOLIC ORGANIZATIONS ACCORDING TO THE HOUSE COMMITTEE.

HERE’S A LOOK AT THE MEDIA LANDSCAPE ON THIS NEW REVELATION –

NOT A LOT OF NEWS COVERAGE.

BUT THE OUTLETS THAT ARE REPORTING IT – ALL LEAN TO THE RIGHT.

THERE WAS A FAIR BALANCE OF COVERAGE WHEN THE FBI DIRECTOR FIRST TESTIFIED ABOUT THE MEMO BELONGING TO ONE OFFICE AND CORRECTIVE ACTION WAS TAKEN.

BUT MANY VIEWERS AREN’T GETTING THE LATEST –

THAT SUGGESTS THE NEW VERSION OF THE MEMO REFUTES WRAY’S TESTIMONY.

THE COMMITTEE CHAIRS SENT A LETTER TO THE FBI.QUOTE –

“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.” (FOR BEN FOR GRAPHIC Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and co-chair Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La.)

THERE WAS ANOTHER THREAT FROM THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE RECENTLY  TO HOLD SOMEONE ELSE IN CONTEMPT OF CONGRESS IN A HOUSE INVESTIGATION –

ON FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHT VIOLATIONS LARGELY TARGETING THOSE WITH CONSERVATIVE BELIEFS.

FACEBOOK CEO MARK ZUCKERBERG WAS TO BE HELD IN CONTEMPT OF CONGRESS IF HE DIDN’T SUPPLY THE COMMITTEE WITH INFORMATION REGARDING  BIG TECH CENSORSHIP OF AMERICANS AT THE DIRECTION OF THE WHITE HOUSE.

ZUCKERBERG THEN HANDED OVER EMAILS FROM TOP FACEBOOK EXECUTIVES DISCUSSING HOW TO CENSOR POSTS THAT WERE ANTI- VACCINE.

TO SEE WHAT WAS UNCOVERED INSIDE THE INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS — FIND OUR PREVIOUS REPORT AT S-A-N DOT COM.