Many Americans view the FBI with suspicion, not respect, these days.
After all, its agents and officials were integral to the now-debunked Russiagate collusion conspiracy that the bureau created, along with Democrats, against President Trump.
Then, of course, there was the recent FBI raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home, in which agents purportedly searched for government documents that Trump already had promised they could have if they asked.
But it gets worse.
A report in the Washington Times charges that FBI whistleblowers now have accused managers in multiple field offices of corruption, cover-ups and retaliation.
“Current and former FBI leaders at the bureau’s offices in Miami, Salt Lake City, Buffalo, New York, and Newark, New Jersey, are facing whistleblower complaints,” the report said.
Claims are that the supervisors coerced agents to sign false documents, fabricated terrorism claims to pump up their own performance stats, sexually harassed a female agent, engaged in sex with a subordinate in a government vehicle, and crashed the vehicle, and more.
One female agent who charged that FBI Director Christopher Wray and others ignored her claims of sexual harassment, said the bureau actually works under a “mob-like mentality.”
The report quoted the agent, not identified, who said in a letter to Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, “The FBI is completely out of control and its culture and structure needs to change. Not only is the political bias completely out of control and disgustingly obvious, the FBI knows they will not be held accountable for their illegal behavior and misconduct.”
The Times said its information come from reviewing complaints, or discussing the cases with the whistleblowers or their lawyers.
One attorney said the allegations now are in the hands of Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee Republicans, and could become part of a broader examination of the Department of Justice’s conduct.
One whistleblower who worked in the Buffalo FBI office told the Times FBI chiefs are interested in the numbers of cases.
“It’s basically a report card for him, so at the end of his two-year term as a SAC, he gets moved to a better position down in Washington. And everything focuses around his metrics,” the employee said.
“You have to have so many terrorism cases per year in your office, or else you fail,” he said. “So they would come to us and say things like ‘Open up a case. I don’t care if it’s got merit or not. Just open it up. We only have nine, and we need 10 for me to pass.'”
Former FBI agent Kurt Siuzdak said that’s the situation all across the country.
“Every Thanksgiving and Christmas, there’s a number of field offices, and the SAC picks somebody for everybody to follow because it helps them with their metrics. So they pick somebody to scrutinize, often without merit from wherever, and that’s the bad guy you need to follow and put your assets on,” he said.
He now represents FBI whistleblowers, the Times reported.
Just the News reported that before the FBI’s raid on Trump’s estate, “a string of whistleblowers had come forward with accusations of political bias against senior FBI officials. The Washington Field Office, which sent the agents to Florida to raid Trump’s estate, was facing its own set of allegations.”
After that raid, the report said, Wisconsin GOP Sen. Ron Johnson “put out a call for FBI whistleblowers to come forward with misconduct concerns. Ohio GOP Rep. Jim Jordan said that 14 whistleblowers had contacted his office following the raid.”