Posted 12 days ago
EXCLUSIVE: House Republicans are investigating whether Bank of America "voluntarily" turned over to the FBI a list of customers who made transactions in the days on and around the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riot, and those who purchased firearms with the bank’s credit and debit cards.
The House Judiciary Committee, its Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, and the Subcommittee on the Administrative State, Regulatory Reform and Antitrust are "conducting oversight" of the FBI’s receipt of "information about American citizens from private entities."
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who chairs the full committee and the Weaponization subcommittee, and Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., who chairs the other subcommittee, told Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan in a letter obtained by Fox News Digital that they want more information on the bank's cooperation with the FBI.
"We require your cooperation in investigating these facts," Jordan and Massie wrote in their letter. They asked for all records related to the provision of customer data by June 8.
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The investigation comes after an FBI whistleblower testified to the committees that Bank of America, "with no directive from the FBI, data-mined its customer base" by compiling customers who used a Bank of America debit or credit card between Jan. 5 and Jan. 7, 2021.
Jordan and Massie explained to Moynihan that the FBI whistleblower told the committees that provided the FBI "voluntarily and without any legal process" with a list of those customers.
The committee was also told, separately, that people who had previously purchased a firearm with a Bank of America product were "elevated to the top of the list regardless of when or where the purchase was made."
Retired FBI Supervisory Intelligence Analyst George Hill was one FBI whistleblower shared the information. He said Bank of America "compiled that list. And then, on top of that list, they put anyone who had purchased a firearm during any date."
Hill testified that the "huge list" that Bank of America created "targeted transactions in Washington, D. C. and the surrounding area."
As for the customers who made firearm purchases with a Bank of America product, Hill said there was "no geographic framework" and no date range.
Hill’s testimony was corroborated by the testimony of his former FBI supervisor, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Boston Field Office Joseph Bonavolonta. He testified that he learned of Bank of America’s move through another special agent-in-charge of counterterrorism in Boston.... (Read more)