Water Cooler 5/31/18 Open Thread; About that FBI Morale

FBI Agents Actually Want To Be Called To Testify

Remember how not so very long ago, #NeverTrumpers and Fredocons were complaining that the congressional investigations into the antics of Comey, McCabe, Rosenstein and the general misuse of the agency to spy on and or punish political opponents by the Obama administration, was supposedly undermining the morale of that vital law enforcement organization ? Well it seems that the scolds adopted not only the attitude of the left but their tactics as well. When in doubt make something up that sounds plausible, after all if you don’t know better what are the odds the rubes do ?

In the case of the FBI, oddly enough people that dedicate their lives to working in a dangerous and difficult job that is best known for putting away criminals, actually want to work for a clean organization. Whats more it p***** them off to see it being twisted by people whose primary skill isn’t crime busting but kissing political rear. It seems the real problem is that they are worried about persecution by Obama holdovers who made a sport of persecuting whistleblowers.

Since Barack Obama entered the White House in 2009, his government has waged a war against whistleblowers and official leakers. On his watch, there have been eight prosecutions under the 1917 Espionage Act – more than double those under all previous presidents combined.

And yet other apparent leaks have gone entirely unpunished or have been treated, as in the case of General David Petraeus, as misdemeanors. As Abbe Lowell, lawyer for one of the Espionage Act eight, Stephen Kim, has argued in a letter to the Department of Justice, low-level officials who lack the political connections to fight back have had the book thrown at them, while high-level figures have been allowed to leak with “virtual impunity”.

The Guardian

Turns out the people at the FBI did notice that the Whistleblower Protection Act wasn’t doing much protecting and while they want to voice their concerns they are still fearful of retaliation.

Many agents in the FBI want Congress to subpoena them so they can reveal problems caused by former FBI Director James Comey and former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, three people in direct contact with active field agents tell TheDC.

“There are agents all over this country who love the bureau and are sickened by [James] Comey’s behavior and [Andrew] McCabe and [Eric] Holder and [Loretta] Lynch and the thugs like [John] Brennan–who despise the fact that the bureau was used as a tool of political intelligence by the Obama administration thugs,” former federal prosecutor Joe DiGenova told The Daily Caller Tuesday. “They are just waiting for a chance to come forward and testify.

  • Sources tell The Daily Caller several FBI agents want congressional subpoenas to testify about the agency’s problems.
  • The sources claim there is a demand within the agency to prosecute former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe. They also say the bureau has become totally politicized.
  • The subpoenas are desired by the FBI agents because potential government whistleblowers fear that legal retaliation from the bureau could financially ruin them through attorneys’ fees.

DiGenova — who along with his wife, Victoria Toensing, has represented government whistleblowers in the past — agreed, telling TheDC, “It’s an intelligent approach to the situation given the vindictive nature of the bureau under Comey and McCabe. I have no idea how to read Chris Wray, who is not a leader and who has disappeared from the public eye during this entire crisis. You know, he may be cleaning house but if he’s doing so, he’s doing it very quietly.”

He added, “I don’t blame them. I don’t blame the agents one bit. I think that the FBI is in a freefall. James Comey has destroyed the institution he claims to love. And it is beyond a doubt that it is going to take a decade to restore public confidence because of Comey and Clapper and Brennan and Obama and Lynch.”

—-The Daily Caller

It’s amazing how far the FBI has fallen hopefully it can be salvaged.




Drink up That’s it for the Watercooler today. As always it’s an open thread