The Shutdown and the FBI

As there are a couple of bloggers I follow who regularly post some of the BIG news items, I tend to share the more human interest type articles.

Like this one …

FBI Agents Say The Shutdown Is A Threat to National Security

The agents discuss how tRumpsky’s constant barrage against the Agency has been hard on morale, and say the Shutdown is the cherry on top of a galling two years.”

In the two and a half years since the FBI launched its counterintelligence investigation into potential coordination between members of Trump’s campaign and Russia, the president has chided the FBI, former FBI Director James Comey, Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the Russia “witch hunt,” and the “deep state” in dozens of tweets, rallies, and interviews. Last April, he called the FBI and Justice Department’s desire to withhold sensitive information related to the ongoing investigation “an embarrassment to our country.”

********

Morale at the FBI had already been steadily declining for months before the government shut down on December 22, according to current and recently departed agents who spoke to me on the condition of anonymity to discuss their feelings candidly. President Trump’s open warfare on the bureau has made agents’ jobs more difficult, they say, as trust in the FBI wanes among people who identify as Republicans and right-leaning independents. “Part of it is Trump’s constant attacks,” said one agent who left late last year. “Bigger than that, though, is that it seems like a portion of the population believes him. Which makes their jobs harder to do.”

There are nearly 5,000 special agents, intelligence analysts, attorneys, and professional staff currently furloughed.