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Archive for July 5th, 2018

Column: Retired FBI Agent Says Attacks on the Bureau Are ‘Unfair, Unwise and Disgusting’

Robert “Bob” Anderson Jr. served for 21 years in the FBI, retiring as executive assistant director of the Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch. 

Robert Anderson Jr. (Linkedin photo)

By Robert Anderson
For The News Journal 

For nearly as long as the FBI has existed, its motto has been “Fidelity. Bravery. Integrity.” Those words remind us of the “vital part this institution plays in maintaining order and justice,” in the words of President Ronald Reagan.

Having served 21 years in the FBI, it’s personal to me: The oath I took had nothing to do with political party or president. That’s part of what makes America exceptional: We’re a nation of laws, not a nation of lawlessness. We rely on strong institutions, none more so than an impartial, independent justice system.

Today, all Americans should be troubled by attacks on law enforcement, the United States Intelligence Community and the FBI. But more importantly, we need to speak up.

The FBI and the justice system have come under calculated, brutal attack. Influential actors have smeared them as “dishonest,” “corrupt” and “rigged.” They have described the FBI as being “in tatters.” They have likened it to Nazi stormtroopers.

These attacks are unfair, unwise and disgusting.

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Mueller Taps Additional Justice Department Resources for His Probe

Special counsel Robert Mueller

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Where this all ends, and when it ends, is anyone’s guess.

Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III is tapping additional Justice Department resources for help with new legal battles as his year-old investigation of Russian interference with the 2016 election continues to expand, Bloomberg reports, adding:

As Mueller pursues his probe, he’s making more use of career prosecutors from the offices of U.S. attorneys and from Justice Department headquarters, as well as FBI agents — a sign that he may be laying the groundwork to hand off parts of his investigation eventually, several current and former U.S. officials said.

Mueller and his team of 17 federal prosecutors are coping with a higher-then-expected volume of court challenges that has added complexity in recent months, but there’s no political appetite at this time to increase the size of his staff, the officials said.

FBI Agent Peter Strzok May Not Comply With Subpoena to Testify on Hill

Peter Strozk

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The drama surrounding FBI agent Peter Strzok continues.

On Tuesday, his lawyer suggested Strzok  might not comply with a recent subpoena issued by two powerful House committees, according to his attorney, The Hill reports. 

“My client will testify soon, somewhere, sometime,” Lawyer Aitan Goelman tells CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Tuesday night. “We just got this subpoena today, so I don’t know whether or not we are going to be testifying next Tuesday in front of these two particular House subcommittees.”

Goelman says he thinks the real motive behind the subpoena is not about seeking the truth, but rather “it is a chance for Republican members of the House to preen and posture before their most radical conspiracy-minded constituents.”

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