The New York Times has reported that, in the wake of President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, the bureau opened a counterintelligence investigation into the president. At one level, of course, this is not surprising—John Bellinger identified Donald Trump as a potential danger to U.S.
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Between Friday’s New York Times story and other earlier material, we might be in a position to revisit the relationship between the “collusion” and obstruction components of the Mueller investigation.
On Oct. 27, Robert Bowers launched an attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Penn., murdering 11 worshipers and injuring many others. The federal indictment against Bowers charges him with multiple counts of obstructing, by force and threat of force, “the free exercise of religious beliefs” resulting in death and bodily injury and involving the use of a dangerous weapon and attempts to kill.
The Unfinished Business of Information Sharing: Why the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division Belongs With DHS
Darren E. Tromblay has served the U.S. Intelligence Community, as an Intelligence Analyst, for more than a decade. He is the author of Political Influence Operations (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018) and the forthcoming Spying: Assessing US Domestic Intelligence Since 9/11 (Lynne Rienner) as well as the co-author of Securing U.S. Innovation (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016).
Employee survey results show that staffers are still proud to work for the FBI—but confidence in the bureau’s leadership has taken a big hit.
Almost as soon as the Justice Department Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued its sharp criticism of James Comey’s actions in the 2016 Clinton email investigation, Comey responded with an op-ed in the New York Times.
The Inspector General on the FBI in Fall 2016: How a Fateful Delay Set the Stage for the Ultimate October Surprise
The Inspector General (OIG) report (see Lawfare’s summary here) on the Clinton email investigation has reinvigorated a parade of what-ifs surrounding the 2016 presidential election. What if former FBI director James Comey hadn’t criticized Hillary Clinton publicly in July 2016, even as Comey declined to recommend Clinton’s prosecution?
The 500-page Justice Department report underscores that the investigation has no simple narrative arc.
Over the course of the last several months, FBI Director Christopher Wray has sought to draw public attention to the problem posed to law enforcement by encrypted devices the Bureau is unable to unlock. Now, however, the Washington Post reports that the FBI has repeatedly overstated the number of devices whose data it can’t access.
Last year, in the wake of President Trump’s controversial decision to fire FBI director James Comey, several media organizations—including Lawfare—took a special interest in the “climate survey” that the bureau administers to its personnel each spring. In justifying his decision to fire Comey, President Trump had claimed that the FBI was “in turmoil” and that he “just want[ed] somebody that’s competent” to head the organization.