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Friday, January 19, 2018

FBI Chief of Staff to Testify Before House Members on Clinton Probe

A top staffer at the FBI will testify before Congress as other agents fear for the future of the agency.
The bureau’s Chief of Staff — James Rybicki — will be interviewed behind closed doors Thursday by members of two House committees.
Jim Rybicki is the chief of staff to the director of the FBI. (LinkedIn/Photo)
Staffers from the Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform Committees will grill him on why former Director James Comey did not recommend criminal charges against failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Meanwhile, a decision by the Justice Department to give Congress access to files from the investigation will likely come up.
When officials stonewalled him, Speaker Paul Ryan threatened to raise contempt of Congress charges if the documents were not handed over.
They agreed to give Congress the materials, but agents have expressed opposition to the plan.
Some say it could compromise sensitive sources and material.
Before being removed from his position, former Director Comey made a similar claim to congress.
“We need to protect people’s privacy…we need to make sure we don’t give other people clues about where we’re going…we need to make sure we don’t give information to our foreign adversaries about what we know or don’t know,” Comey Stated. “We simply cannot do our job well or fairly if we start talking about it while we do it.”
File -Former FBI Director James Comey waits before testifying at a House Intelligence Committee hearing into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Photo/REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)
According to interviews with Bloomberg, some agents fear informants could be exposed and others report informants are already unwilling to open up as the credibility of the Justice Department is brought into question.
The FBI prides itself on being independent and apolitical.
However, the agency’s handling of sensitive investigations into former Secretary of State Clinton and President Trump has been criticized by Democrats and Republicans alike.
The special counsel’s probe into foreign meddling in the 2016 election has faced accusations of partisanship after an agent on the team sent anti-Trump texts and was then reassigned.
Some Democrats say the efforts to undermine the FBI are meant to discredit any of Robert Mueller’s findings.
In a tweet, President Trump said the agency’s reputation was in tatters.
Intense scrutiny of the bureau and upheaval in leadership has reportedly led to low morale among the rank and file.
While the House probes the handling of the Clinton investigation, those agents will be looking to see if they will face sterner oversight from Congress in the future.

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