Many people would probably believe me justified in hating Donald Trump.
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FBI Director Christopher Wray testifed on Tuesday before the Senate Appropriations Committee about the Bureau's Fiscal 2020 budget. The questions covered a wide range of topics, including law enforcement and intelligence challenges, Russian interference in the 2020 election, the Mueller report and Attorney General Bill Barr's characterization of lawful surveillance during the 2016 campaign as "spying." The full video is available below.
The Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Justice released a report detailing an audit of the FBI process that notifies victims of cyber intrusion. The audit's findings criticize the bureau for notification delays, incomplete data collection and shortcomings in victim engagement. The report is available in full here and below.
Roger Stone says that more than two dozen FBI agents executed a search warrant at his house. That’s generally consistent with the bureau’s standard operating procedure.
A letter this week from two Republican House members to John Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut, revealed that the lawyer for former FBI General Counsel James Baker had said that Baker could not answer certain questions during his congressional testimony because Baker was the subject of a criminal investigation into leaks being conducted by Durham.
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.
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.