For decades, Americans have understood exactly what the FBI is good for, without fully understanding what it is that they do.
That is all a part of the mystery of the agency, and the shroud of secrecy under which they operate. We know that they may “bend” the law a bit in their work, but, so long as the work is getting done, we’re completely content.
The best part for the FBI was that, if we saw what they were doing, they would automatically assume that they’re not operating with maximum effort. It was a nice little fail-safe.
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And this brings us today, where the agency has been outed as infested with shills and doing their damnedest to undermine the office of the president. This has Donald Trump more than slightly agitated.
President Trump in an exclusive interview with Hill.TV said Tuesday he ordered the release of classified documents in the Russia collusion case to show the public the FBI probe started as a “hoax” and that exposing it could become one of the “crowning achievements” of his presidency.
“What we’ve done is a great service to the country, really,” Trump said in a 45-minute, wide-ranging interview in the Oval Office.
“I hope to be able to call this, along with tax cuts and regulation and all the things I’ve done … in its own way this might be the most important thing because this was corrupt,” he said.
Trump also said he regretted not firing former FBI Director James Comey immediately instead of waiting until May 2017, confirming an account his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, gave Hill.TV earlier in the day that Trump was dismayed in 2016 by the way Comey handled the Hillary Clinton email case and began discussing firing him well before he became president.
As the President is railing against the embattled Bureau on the daily, the FBI has to ask itself just how they ended up in this mess in the first place.
Or, more importantly, what are they going to do to gain back the trust of the American people?