Conservative activists who served in the Trump administration have launched an investigation into the FBI, accusing it of sidelining white men recruits in its five-year blitz of hiring women and minority agents.
America First Legal (AFL), a conservative action group, this week filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, urging the agency to release the communications of its Chief Diversity Officer, Scott McMillion.
The group, which was founded by Stephen Miller, a White House advisor in the Trump administration, says McMillion’s public statements and the FBI’s diversity goals point at ‘unlawful and unconstitutional racial balancing’ in the agency.
The request comes as public support for the FBI plummets, especially among conservatives, who accuse the bureau of a liberal bias, politicization, and even of instigating the January 6 riot at the US Capitol in 2021.
The FBI says it’s becoming more diverse but still does not fairly reflect the country’s minority groups
Reed Rubinstein, an AFL lawyer, said the ‘elite law enforcement agency’ had ‘disgraced’ itself in 2016 when it probed then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for conspiring with Russia to fix that year’s election.
FBI diversity tsar Scott McMillion speaks of a ‘cultural shift’
‘Now, politicized leadership has adopted the Biden Administration’s woke racism to warp the bureau’s hiring and promotion policies,’ said Rubinstein.
‘The FBI’s focus should be law enforcement, not law-breaking; its immoral and illegal racial bean-counting must be exposed and ended.’
DailyMail.com reached out to the FBI but did not get a response.
The FOIA request points to public FBI diversity figures and statements from McMillion, who began his FBI career as a special agent in the Omaha, Nebraska, field office in 1998 and was appointed the bureau’s chief diversity officer in April 2021.
The bureau between 2018 and 2023 boosted the ‘racial/ethnic diversity’ of staff by 5.4 percent, while increasing the share of female employees by 4.1 percent.
Even then, the agency’s staffing did not reflect the make-up of the wider population.
In public statements, McMillion has said that FBI is engaged in a ‘cultural shift’ by prioritizing the hiring of more women and minorities into the bureau, the AFL says.
The FBI’s ‘diversity report’ shows a 5.4 percent jump in racial minority staffers between 2018 and last year
This most likely means they are hiring and promoting women and minorities while sidelining white men, AFL says.
‘The FBI likely engages in unlawful and unconstitutional racial balancing,’ the group said.
Polling shows the public has soured on the FBI in recent years.
In October 2018, 52 percent of Americans had a positive view of the agency of 35,000 staff.
That fell to about 35 percent by the middle of last year, an NBC News poll shows.
A Washington Post-University of Maryland survey released this month showed that a quarter of Americans said they believed the FBI instigated the J6 effort to derail the certification of 2020 election results.
Conservative critics, including podcaster and former agent Kyle Seraphin, frequently complain of wokery at the FBI, including its recent adoption of the LGBTQIA+ acronym.
AFL’s request comes as affirmative action, recruitment targets and other diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts have sparked a heated nationwide debate.
Advocates say DEI schemes bring more black, brown, female, and queer talent into offices and colleges and raise morale across the board.
Podcaster and former FBI agent Kyle Seraphin, frequently complain of wokery at the bureau
The Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters building in Washington, DC. The agency has come under fire from conservatives in recent years
The probe was launched by America First Legal, a right-of-center nonprofit formed by former senior Trump White House advisor Stephen Miller.
Getting rid of race-based admissions was ‘mostly a good thing,’ voters say
But critics say they’re a ‘woke’ virtue-signaling exercise that leads to backlash discrimination against straight, white men.
AFL has filed a raft of lawsuits, FOIA requests and complaints with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over corporate DEI schemes.
Filings against more than 20 companies, including American Airlines, Macy’s, McDonald’s, and Salesforce say their efforts to hire and promote more women and non-whites amount to discrimination.
Americans of all ethnic backgrounds want to see the back of affirmative action, a survey shows.
Fully 68 percent of US adults say the Supreme Court’s decision to ban race as a factor in college admissions was ‘mostly a good thing,’ according to a Gallup poll.
That goes for all types of voters — big majorities of white, Asian and Hispanic Americans voiced support for the end of race-based admissions.
Even among black people — one of the groups the policy was designed to help — most respondents said they did not want special treatment.
Fully 52 percent of black respondents called the ruling a ‘good thing,’ while 48 percent were sad to see it go.