(FiveNation.com)- Another Republican member of Congress has publicly announced plans for an investigation should the GOP retake control of the House following the November midterm elections.
This week, Ohio Republican Representative Jim Jordan told the Daily Caller News Foundation that he would push for an investigation surrounding how the FBI secretly pressured many Americans to waive their rights in relation to guns.
Jordan the fact that the Federal Bureau of Investigation gave forms to individuals who relinquished their rights to use, buy or own firearms underscores a “pattern” in the FBI that he considers “frightening.”
As he told the DCNF in an interview earlier this week:
“All we can do is get facts and the truth, so the American people know exactly what’s going on. That’s what we will attempt to do, because that’s part of our constitutional responsibility — to do the oversight and the investigation that you need to do so the country gets the facts.”
Two weeks ago, the DCNF reported that there have been at least 15 U.S. citizens who signed the secret FBI forms from 2016 to 2019. The forms request that signatories declare that they are either a “danger” to others or themselves, or that they lack the “mental capacity adequately to contract or manage” their own lives.
The forms also say that those who sign the form would be registered permanently on the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, that the FBI runs.
Jordan further commented:
“This is part of the political nature of the Justice Department. So, if in fact we win in 57 days, next Congress we are definitely looking into the whole political nature. [We have] separate branches of government. We can’t charge anyone. We can’t prosecute anyone.”
The DCNF also reported that the group known as Gun Owners of America said the FBI should “remove” the database records of Americans who ended up waiving their rights to use, own and purchase firearms.
The group, which fights for people’s firearm rights, was the one that obtained the secret FBI forms after filing a FOIA, or Freedom of Information Act, request. They then shared the forms with the DCNF.
There are many concerns that these gun-rights groups have. One serious legal question they raise is that there aren’t any control numbers from the Office of Management and Budget on them. That is required any time that a federal agency is collecting information from the American public.
Jordan said that the report on the forms published by the DCNF highlights “just one more fact” about the federal agency “that should raise all kinds of concerns with Americans who value the Bill of Rights.”
As he explained:
“It looks like they were cutting corners here, and not to mention, just fundamentally doing something that’s not appropriate.”
Jordan has been one of the most outspoken critics of the FBI after it conducted the highly-publicized raid of former President Donald Trump’s home and office at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.