It’s rapidly eroding in the aftermath of the FBI’s pre-dawn raid on Mar-a-Lago, a raid that those same agents explicitly barred Trump lawyers from observing.
In response to that eroding trust, FBI Director Christopher Wray had this:
Unfounded attacks on the integrity of the FBI erode respect for the rule of law and are a grave disservice to the men and women who sacrifice so much to protect others….
Unfounded attacks on the FBI’s integrity are, assuredly, wrong.
However, what Wray is carefully ignoring is that this is the same FBI whose agents lied to FISA courts—repeatedly—in order to get search and surveillance warrants.
This is the same FBI whose agents have repeatedly fabricated “evidence” in order to get warrants from Article III judges.
This is the same FBI whose agents routinely lie in other venues.
This is the same FBI that deliberately avoided going to an Article III judge for their Mar-a-Lago raid warrant, choosing, instead to go to a magistrate judge.
The current attacks on FBI integrity are sadly, dangerously, entirely founded.
This FBI needs to be completely disbanded, its line agents reallocated to the US Marshals Service and to the Secret Service, its forensics capability converted to a small independent agency responsible to State and local police departments (and relocated to our nation’s heartland—say Wichita, KS), and everyone else in the FBI reallocated to the private sector.
Late Update: Corrected an erroneous reference to the CDC to be a reference to the FBI.