In their testimony, whistleblowers claimed that the FBI had become "enveloped in politicization" and made several claims of "serious abuses" over an extended period of time.
Among those abuses, whistleblowers said that Bank of America (BOA) had transferred information to the FBI on transactions that took place in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021. Customers were not informed of this data transfer.
Firearm Owners Targeted
Those who used their Bank of America accounts to purchase a firearm were reportedly bumped to the top of the list handed over to the FBI.
In a report released on May 18, Republicans revealed whistleblower testimony from retired FBI Supervisory Intelligence Analyst George Hill, who made the allegations.
"The Bank of America, with no directive from the FBI, data-mined its customer base," Hill testified, saying that this data mining comprised transactions made between Jan. 5, 2021, and Jan. 7, 2021.
Specifically, they targeted transactions made in Washington or nearby counties in Maryland and Virginia.
Investigators asked Hill, "It's anyone who used a Bank of America either debit or credit card to conduct a transaction?"
"Right," Hill replied. "Any transaction. To buy a hot dog. Doesn't matter."