Once you’ve had a job for a decade, you get to call it your career. I’m pretty sure that’s the rule. In fact, I’m pretty sure after you’ve been doing something for that long, you get to call yourself an expert at it, especially in jobs that are difficult to get into and even more difficult to master, like, say, being an FBI agent.
In an op-ed he penned for the New York Times, one career expert from the FBI explains in detail why he’s leaving his post as a supervisor in the Los Angeles field office.
Josh Campbell, who was hired to the nation’s top law enforcement agency when a man you’ve come to know pretty well over the last year — Robert Mueller — was the director, is turning in the badge that Mueller handed him at his graduation, and he wants America to know exactly why.
I am reluctantly turning in my badge and leaving an organization I love. Why? So I can join the growing chorus of people who believe that the relentless attacks on the bureau undermine not just America’s premier law enforcement agency but also the nation’s security. My resignation is painful, but the alternative of remaining quiet while the bureau is tarnished for political gain is impossible.”
And that’s exactly the problem, Campbell writes: Anyone who knows anything about the bureau, Republican or Democrat, knows that the poor judgment exercised by a couple of agents who exchanged text messages is not a basis to impugn the reputation of the entire agency. And that’s only where all of this talk of “corruption” started — it continues in earnest by Republicans who are eager to destroy the FBI’s reputation in order to shield themselves and Donald Trump from scrutiny in the ongoing Russia investigation headed up by Campbell’s former boss.
What’s the latest on the supposed smoking gun, the “Nunes Memo” that was supposed to prove that corruption? The central claim of the memo was that the FBI didn’t tell a FISA court that the evidence they based their request for a surveillance warrant on Carter Page came from a political source. That’s now been proven false, as everyone — who isn’t a Trump fan or a Republican Congress member — following the story knew it would be.
What’s been shocking to the nation is the fact that Republicans keep pushing this false narrative, despite it being proven a lie over and over.
Campbell’s goodbye to the institution that he loved for the country he served is a stark reminder of the fact that Republicans now see anything and everything as fair game in their exhaustive effort to smear anyone who criticizes the president or gets too close to the truth about the Russian interference in the 2016 election — which every intelligence agency, not just the FBI, agrees happened and will happen again.
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