The FBI’s Los Angeles office had scheduled a celebration for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's Supreme Court nomination until a media outlet publicized the event from information gleaned from a leaked internal email.
“Save the date … a dynamic interview, socialization and lots of celebrating with desserts!” read a flyer contained in a March 11 email circulated to all employees. The Wednesday party was going to be hosted by the FBI’s women’s and black affairs committees.
But after coverage this week by the Washington Free Beacon and Tucker Carlson Tonight, FBI brass clamped down on the party. The Diversity and Inclusion Department sent out an email, saying: "The FBI must remain neutral in all political nomination and confirmation processes. Accordingly, a party for any nominee in FBI space would be inappropriate.”
A government conference room was going to be utilized for the event where Los Angeles’s Assistant Director Kristi Koons Johnson was scheduled to be interviewed by an “executive leadership coach.”
However, the fallout caused an FBI spokeswoman to say that the incident was "addressed immediately and does not reflect the high standards of the FBI," the Washington Free Beacon reported.
"An email circulated within the FBI's Los Angeles Field Office recognizing a Supreme Court nomination was issued without proper review and was quickly retracted by FBI management," the spokeswoman wrote in a statement.
Republican members of Congress have repeatedly chastised the FBI as a partisan office that relentlessly attacked President Donald Trump and other conservatives.