aside FBI Agent Tells Why He Is Leaving To Fight For Its Reputation

JOSHUA CAMPBELL / via JoshuaCampbell.org

The below story reflects the harm that I believe is being done against the FBI and law enforcement in general by certain republicans in the US Congress who are are hard at work in their orchestrated plan to demonize and discredit institutions like the FBI and the US Department of Justice and any conclusions they subsequently make against the republican President Donald Trump. The president has been pushing with the very force of his will to shut down The FBI’s Trump-Russia inquiry into Russia’s interference in the 2016 US presidential elections and any part the president may have played with Russia deciding to back him to be president.

There is one FBI agent who is leaving the force just so he can fight back.

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Here is the rest of the story…

On February 2, 2018, Josh Campbell for the New York Times penned the following op-ed piece, “Why I Am Leaving the FBI” 

“One of the greatest honors of my life was walking across the stage at the F.B.I. Academy and receiving my special agent badge from the director at the time, Robert Mueller. After 21 weeks of intensive training, my class swore an oath and became federal agents entrusted with the solemn duty of protecting Americans and upholding the Constitution.”

“After more than a decade of service, which included investigating terrorism, working to rescue kidnapping victims overseas and being special assistant to the director, I am reluctantly turning in my badge and leaving an organization I love. Why? So I can join the growing chorus of people who believe that the relentless attacks on the bureau undermine not just America’s premier law enforcement agency but also the nation’s security. My resignation is painful, but the alternative of remaining quiet while the bureau is tarnished for political gain is impossible.”

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“A small number of my current and retired colleagues have said that we should simply keep our heads down until the storm passes. I say this with the greatest respect: They are wrong. If those who know the agency best remain silent, it will be defined by those with partisan agendas.”

“F.B.I. agents are dogged people who do not care about the direction of political winds. But to succeed in their work, they need public backing. Scorched-earth attacks from politicians with partisan goals now threaten that support, raising corrosive doubts about the integrity of the F.B.I. that could last for generations.”

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“When the F.B.I. knocks on someone’s door or appeals to the public for assistance in solving crime, the willingness of people to help is directly correlated to their opinion of the agency. When an agent working to stop a terrorist plot attempts to recruit an informant, the agent’s success in gathering critical intelligence depends on the informant’s belief that the agent is credible and trustworthy. And, as the former director, James Comey, would frequently say in underscoring the importance of high standards, whether a jury believes an agent’s testimony depends on whether it has faith in the bureau’s honesty and independence. To be effective, the F.B.I. must be believed and must maintain the support of the public it serves.”

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“Furthermore, a congressional memo released on Friday accuses the F.B.I. and the Justice Department of abusing their surveillance powers to spy on a former Trump campaign adviser. But every statement of fact included in an affidavit for foreign intelligence collection must withstand the scrutiny of at least 10 people in the Department of Justice hierarchy before it is reviewed by an independent court.”

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“There is, however, a difference between oversight by those in charge of holding the F.B.I. accountable and criticism by politicians seeking partisan gain. Political operatives are weaponizing their disagreement with a particular investigation in a bid to undermine the credibility of the entire institution. “The system is rigged” is their slogan, and they are now politicizing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act process (FISA) used to collect critical intelligence about our adversaries.”

“The assumption among confused and dismayed F.B.I. employees is that the attacks are meant to soften the blow should the investigation by Mr. Mueller, the special counsel, lead to additional charges. However, these kinds of attacks by powerful people go beyond mere criticism — they could destroy the institution. Although those critics’ revisionist supporters claim their ire is reserved for institutional leadership and not the rank and file, it is the F.B.I. agent on the street who will be most severely affected as public support for federal law enforcement is sacrificed for partisan gain.”

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“These political attacks on the bureau must stop. If those critics of the agency persuade the public that the F.B.I. cannot be trusted, they will also have succeeded in making our nation less safe.”

14 comments

  1. Gronda, former agents need to step up and defend the hard working people in the FBI. What is seemingly lost in all of this is Mueller removed the agent who emailed the inappropriate comments from his team six months ago when he first learned of it. I am hopeful that the real story will come out about the memo. Trump, of course, is attacking Adam Schiff calling him a liar.

    What is easier to believe that the FBI is conspiring against Trump or an man known for lying more than not is lying once again. Mueller has integrity, but that is not an attribute you hear used about Trump, at least outside of his groupies. Keith

    • Dear Keith,

      This is where all of our voices as fellow bloggers become so important. There needs to be 1000s of voices reflecting some reasonableness to offer counter viewpoints to the far right conspiracy singular thinking media outlets.

      These right wingers have a need to attack the US judicial system and hard working right right leaning bureaucrats who simply want to do their jobs like Rod Rosenstein and Robert Mueller in order to protect President Trump from any legal/ criminal consequences if he is found to be indeed, guilty.

      They are willing to destroy our democracy and the “rule of law” in the process.

      Hugs, Gronda

      • They are not hearing basic truths from the likes of “Fox and Friends” who have an audience of one person plus others who care to watch. Nunes was spreading misinformation there this morning, with no pushback.

        • Gronda, I read a sad news report that a Reuters/IPSO survey revealed 73% of Republicans believe the Justice Department and FBI are unfairly treating Donald Trump. These people believe a man who lies 69% of the time on the record. It is unbelievable. We need some GOP leaders to find their courage and stand up to this sorry excuse of a man. I am quite frustrated that his schtick is believed. Keith

        • Dear Keith,

          This is going to take the “coalition of the decent” the “Never Trumpers,”the Resistance, the “Women’s March, Indivisible and others, the democrats along with the majority of independents and a significant number of republicans, to stand up to defend the “rule of law” and our right leaning institutions like the FBI and the DOJ.

          The democrats on the House Intelligence Committee referred to that poll showing that 73% of Republicans believe the Justice Department and FBI are unfairly treating Donald Trump when they were explaining why they wanted to make public their counter-memo.

          As you said, this counter memo will not be covered on FOX TV which means that the democrats’ counter memo will not persuade many of that 73% of republicans who now doubt that the president can receive fair treatment by the FBI or the DOJ.

          Hugs, Gronda

    • Dear Nan,

      The president wants his dictatorship but he is experiencing a lot of resistance from peoples outside his base of 33%-37% but not enough from too many republicans in the US Congress. A GOP boycott could fix that problem.

      Hugs, Gronda

    • Hi Nan.
      Just a wave and a brief message from across the pond (UK).
      I have an interest in US history both social and political (although the both do get intertwined) and a fondness for America.
      My opinion is that there’s no way this bumbling amateur is ever going to take control of a nation of 300,000,000+ wonderfully stubborn, independent-minded, cheerfully cantankerous folk. We got the hint in 1776!
      Keep on keeping on; he’s a freak of the system, that’s all.
      Best wishes
      Roger

  2. I have no faith in our current FBI institution, when it can be so easily maligned by unscrupulous partisan politics. We need a stronger independent FBI director, not some patsy controlled by the current administration.
    What ever happened to checks and balances in a Democracy?

    • Dear 1EarthUnited,

      I respectfully disagree. The FBI Director Christopher Wray stood up to President Trump and his republican sycophants by stating openly for the record that he did not want the memo being made public, that it was missing material information and that it was riddled with inaccuracies. He acted in the face of intense pressure by the WH to keep quiet.

      Most Americans know that these law enforcement agencies by its very nature are right leaning. All the current heads are life-long republicans.

      We are backing ALL the good men and women serving in the FBI and the DOJ.

      Hugs, Gronda

      • Good to hear, I’ll continue monitoring how this situation unfolds. If SC Mueller’s investigation gets swept under the rug, then we’ll know where the FBI, DOJ’s allegiance lie.

        Personally, my gut tells me FBI Director Christopher Wray paying Trump lip service to stand up for his agency – which is expected, but maybe under WH thumb.
        We shall see.

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