Earlier this week, reporting surfaced about a dispute between federal prosecutors and the FBI over whether to seek a search warrant for Mar-a-Lago. The dispute dragged on for months and resulted in what the reporting characterizes as a “tense showdown” in late July between agents and prosecutors, before prosecutors ultimately won out and the search warrant was obtained and executed on August 8, resulting in the recovery of 103 classified documents.
Sorry, Joyce, but you have to be a Washington Post subscriber to read Rubin's piece. I do think SOME FBI agents might've been concerned about possible retaliation by trump or his political cronies, because he fired James Comey, even after Comey went after Hillary's emails again just prior to the 2016 election, which may have given trump the win, argh! Then he didn't like McCabe, who I liked a lot. trump screwed over McCabe by firing him a day b4 he earned his full retirement, and that is about as chickesh@t as a person can be. Andrew McCabe won his retirement after a lawsuit I believe, but still. The other concern though is that there are FBI trump loyalists in the ranks. That is not a pleasant thought. As for "not wanting to become a Banana Republic?" I think we are very close to being there Right Smack NOW! Changing subjects a bit, I am so pissed at the Repubs who went after Merrick Garland. All the insurrectionists chewed on him, and he held his own, but come on, Bill Barr NEVER once sat before an oversight committee. Hope they get him in the net, too. Hope the chickens are becoming acclimated to their new house. The end.
I had read enough tweets on Twitter prior to January 6,2021 to know there was going to be trouble at the Capitol. Why didn’t the FBI and Homeland Security prepare for what they knew might happen and after it did actually result in an assault on the peaceful transfer of power did they allow it to go on for hours? What was allowed to happen on Jan 6 was a disgraceful act of cowardice by the agencies employed to protect our country. Pure cowardice! Wray needs to be removed as does many of his agents and colleagues. They failed our country.
When I watched the seditionists on Jan 6 thru live coverage I kept saying to myself where is the intelligence from our LE? I still don't understand. The FBI knew but did not act to stop the seditionists by coordinating w LE on the ground. What has happened to my country.
"Rubin reviews the evidence and concludes that “the extent to which the FBI was aware of credible threats but did not prepare is breathtaking,” What, How, and now WHY. It's late, but we need the answer.
What's the level of corruption in the US government? Shall we peel the onion? How bad is it? We still don't know, but Joyce did some peeling in Unresolved Questions: The FBI and January 6
Among her questions --' Why was the FBI reaction in this investigation different than it would have been in other cases with similar evidence and whether that difference was out of concern in investigating a—any—former president, or whether it was specifically because it was Trump?'
According to Jennifer Rubin, who Joyce's quoted, 'The Government Accountability Office issued a report this week concerning the performance of multiple agencies and police units regarding the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection. Among its findings: The FBI “did not consistently follow agency policies or procedures for processing tips or potential threats because they did not have controls to ensure compliance with policies.”
'In the weeks preceding the January 6 attack on the Capitol, the FBI obtained information across other sources indicating potential threats. Through human source reporting, investigations, and observed activity, the FBI identified the increasing threat of violence at high profile special events, such as the 2020 election and 2021 presidential inauguration. FBI officials we spoke with said that from December 29, 2020, through January 6, 2021, they tracked domestic terrorism subjects that were traveling to Washington, D.C., and developed reports related to January 6 events. As of January 6, 2021, FBI officials noted that the Washington Field Office was tracking 18 domestic terrorism subjects as potential travelers to the D.C. area.'
'Worse, the bureau has not undertaken the kind of systematic self-evaluation needed to correct glaring inadequacies. “The ongoing FBI review of its actions during the weeks preceding January 6, 2021, has not included an assessment of how it processed information. '
-- See Rubin's Opinion 'Christopher Wray is getting away with doing a lousy job' for which Joyce provided a link. Here's a gifted link to it: as well
We are more than wondering after two years and two months after Jan. 6 why Trump and the other ringleaders are still running free and in our government. Could corruption have anything to do with it?
This is pretty worrisome. The big elephant in the room is : was the Blind Eye intentional?
Ok could be a very naïve question, but historically doesn’t the FBI have a fairly conservative outlook on political matters? I’m thinking of the FBI involvement with many civil rights organizations in the 60s. I know that’s a long time ago, but culture is a very persistent foundation.
I saved Rubin’s column this morning to share. She is always excellent, but this was, as you note, outstanding. Thank you for reinforcing the need for accountability in the FBI.
Wray needs to resign!
I heard that one reason was that some of the FBI agents believed what Tfg and his lawyers told them that all the documents had been returned. I really think that part of the problem was some of the agents being (for whatever reason);loyal to the former president (?) and not the rule of law.
Thank you Joyce as usual for such informative information. Was this written from your new office?
“So this news raises questions, both about what happened with Mar-a-Lago as well as larger questions about whether the FBI fully appreciates the domestic terror threat the country faces from right-wing groups.”
For this I refer everyone to former Assistant Director of the FBI for Counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi, he’s been calling for a criminal statute for Domestic Terrorism forever..
There is no doubt in my mind that the FBI Director must go and should have been fire by President Biden when he came into office. The FBI must have a director that can go in, make the assessments needed and make the changes that are needed to policy and procedures and to personnel. I agree that healthy debate among people in any organization is good, but if there was dragging feet and lying this suggest agents who were with the MAGA crowd and blatantly forgot who they work for. No reasonable person can say that an insurrectionist, seditionist, or anti-American of any stripes, or a racist or a bigot can take the type of Oath of Office many of these folks take, similar to one I took when I joined the Navy and be true to that oath. That oath means nothing to them. The FBI isn't the only department that needs a good house-cleaning and they all should be in the process already, and not waiting until President Biden's second term.
We have become a banana republic thanks to Garland being frozen. Medusa must be out there somewhere. That ship has sailed and it is too late for it to return to port. My unpopular opinion.
This is just another of the many problems with the numerous instances of the FBI and Its current Director not doing the right thing. How many years and counting has Trump been given a free pass. It’s becoming a sad joke that Criminal Trump is in all likelihood going to be the GOP nominee.for president when he should be wearing an orange jumpsuit already. We are a banana Republic in reverse. Justice is not slow or delayed here, it is denied over and over for five decades in Trump’s case..
Joyce can you comment on DOJ and the bizarre conspiracy of Q related to General Mike Flynn -- am concerned that this is being hidden from scrutiny?
Why is Christopher Wray still the Director?