Thursday, November 3, 2016

'The FBI is Trumpland': anti-Clinton atmosphere spurred leaks, sources say | US news | The Guardian

One of the gravest threats to democracy arises when the police intervene directly in politics.  As Director of the FBI James Comey is a civilian answerable to civilians (the Attorney General and the President).  But it is increasingly clear that Comey - who himself has gone rogue - has little control over his FBI agents who are on the warpath against Hillary Clinton.  Though the FBI is normally restrained, the Trump campaign with its cries of "lock her up" has apparently inspired similar disregard of democratic norms by some within the Bureau. - gwc
'The FBI is Trumplandia': anti-Clinton atmosphere spurred leaks, sources say | US news | The Guardian
by Spencer Ackerman
Deep antipathy to Hillary Clinton exists within the FBI, multiple bureau sources have told the Guardian, spurring a rapid series of leaks damaging to her campaign just days before the election.
Current and former FBI officials, none of whom were willing or cleared to speak on the record, have described a chaotic internal climate that resulted from outrage over director James Comey’s July decision not to recommend an indictment over Clinton’s maintenance of a private email server on which classified information transited.
“The FBI is Trumpland,” said one current agent.
This atmosphere raises major questions about how Comey and the bureau he is slated to run for the next seven years can work with Clinton should she win the White House.

The currently serving FBI agent said Clinton is “the antichrist personified to a large swath of FBI personnel,” and that “the reason why they’re leaking is they’re pro-Trump.”
The agent called the bureau “Trumplandia”, with some colleagues openly discussing voting for a GOP nominee who has garnered unprecedented condemnation from the party’s national security wing and who has pledged to jail Clinton if elected.

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