Rep. Jordan Pushes For New FBI HQ In Huntsville

( – Ohio Republican representative Jim Jordan, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, is currently fighting for the FBI to relocate its headquarters from Washington, D.C. to Huntsville, Alabama to minimize the Biden administration’s political influence on the agency.

The proposed move, which would relocate the FBI about 700 miles away from the nation’s capital, is being put forward under threat of Jordan cutting the FBI’s funding if it doesn’t obey, the Wall Street Journal originally reported.

The initiative to move the FBI’s headquarters away from Washington is build-up of Republican outrage over how the Biden administration’s Department of Justice treated former President Donald Trump when indicting him early last month on June 8.

Trump was charged with 37 felony counts related to the mishandling of classified documents, with the former president storing classified government materials in his Mar-a-Lago home from when he was president.

The FBI, in response to Republican calls for budget cuts and relocation, said that any such efforts would be “detrimental to the support” that the FBI provides as the nation’s principal law enforcement agency. The FBI also said that moving the headquarters away from Washington D.C. would be detrimental for “numerous operational reasons,” such as staying close to its training academy in Quantico, Virginia.

The site for the new headquarters in Huntsville would most likely be part of an ongoing expansion of the agency at the Redstone Arsenal, which currently sits on 1,100 acres of land and houses about 860 employees. That number is expected to increase to roughly 3,400 employees by 2026, the Federal News Network reported.

According to the jobs section of the FBI’s website, the law enforcement agency has had presence in Huntsville for over 50 years, with over 1,000 FBI employees working there currently.

Existing plans for the current agency expansion call for developing two campuses that will “bring various FBI assets together” to better address various training environments.

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