Ex-FBI official says GOP is telling agents: 'If you investigate our party, you are going to pay the price'

Former FBI official Frank Figliuzzi wasn't happy after watching Republicans grill FBI director Christopher Wray in the House Wednesday. While Democrats questioned Wray for ignoring warnings about Jan. 6, Republicans sought answers to a slew of conspiracy theories and culture war grievances that go a...

AllonzeeLV,

“Leave Our White Nationalists alone! They just want the Third Reich to rise again, no big deal!”

-GOP

Jaysyn,
Jaysyn avatar

Fun fact: the GOP has lost something like 10 out of their last 12 special elections.

I'm sure lame threats from a criminal organization will kowtow the fucking FBI.

If this is true, this is quite literally just more evidence for a RICO case.

jayrhacker,
jayrhacker avatar

Tell me you are the party of organized crime without telling me…

elscallr,
elscallr avatar

Look I'm no fan of Republicans but I'm not about to defend the FBI. They literally gave Philly PD two pounds of C4 to bomb residences in Philadelphia in 1985.

Let's not pretend they're some bastion of democratic values, they're still feds.

Ashyr,

Yeah, but that's not what the Republicans are upset about. The FBI has a long and very checkered past, but they're not wrong to be investigating the Republican party at this point.

DarkGamer,
DarkGamer avatar

That was almost 40 years ago, it's doubtful the same people still work at the FBI. A lot of historically bad things happened at that organization under J. Edgar Hoover, but I wouldn't judge the modern FBI on that either.

Saneless,

So, when do were get to officially classify them as a terrorist organization?

HubertManne,
HubertManne avatar

Oh yeah becaue the fbi recruits from the weakest willed, no backbone people. Idiots!

AngrilyEatingMuffins,
AngrilyEatingMuffins avatar

They’re consistently rated as the most right wing alphabet agency. Mueller let Trump walk and the feds have been suppressing leftism and propping up right wingers forever. I do not understand this view of them liberals have but I imagine a lot of it is based around formerly held delusions about Mueller and television.

DarkGamer,
DarkGamer avatar

Some FBI agents want to uphold the law regardless of political party affiliation. Republicans, members of the party that's currently committing most of the crimes, don't like this.

AngrilyEatingMuffins,
AngrilyEatingMuffins avatar

Yeah, see, this is what I’m talking about. You have no data necessary to make that statement and we’ve seen nothing to indicate that there is a presence within the FBI that has a burning desire to fight Republican corruption. In fact we’re literally in the comment section for an article about the agency behaving exactly the opposite!!!

DarkGamer, (edited )
DarkGamer avatar

Some FBI agents want to uphold the law regardless of political party affiliation. Republicans, members of the party that's currently committing most of the crimes, don't like this.

Yeah, see, this is what I’m talking about. You have no data necessary to make that statement

Statements made:

In fact we’re literally in the comment section for an article about the agency behaving exactly the opposite!!!

This article is about Republican officials threatening FBI agents to prevent them being investigated, and attempting to corrupt and politicize the organization by placing cronies in charge. I don't see any claims made about actual existing bias there, but rather perceived bias from Republicans. In fact it points out that the prosecutions of the Trump administration were performed by Trump appointees, which seems to imply the opposite of what you claim regarding bias. I'm not saying it doesn't exist but it's not in this article.

As for weaponizing the FBI against their political rivals, the GOP is super into that. They publicly announced their intention to do so well in advance.

Edit: Tsk, tsk, @AngrilyEatingMuffins. You've downvoted a good faith answer with citations, I guess you don't like being corrected.

ikidd,
@ikidd@lemmy.world avatar

Actually, they mainly recruit from the GOP membership. So its a fair bet they would get away with it.

Rabbithole,

Well now that doesn't look guilty at all.

fearout,
fearout avatar

And why is FBI going along with this exactly? Aren’t they like a level above the party members?

rafoix,

Lots of FBI agents are right wing Republicans. They helped sabotage investigations against Trump and other corrupt right wing loons. The right wing always gets special treatment from the police.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/sep/14/brett-kavanaugh-fbi-investigation-documents

https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/19/politics/anita-hill-clarence-thomas-allegations-timeline/index.html

dismalnow,
dismalnow avatar

It's mostly the folks in the middle who have (pseudo-secret) extremely partisan values which divest from those of the mission, but there are a few sprinkled in at the very top that are giving the orders.

The thin blue line needs to be crossed by the good ones- and it would only take a small percentage to break it forever. It's a cancer of justice, and is the root cause for myriad problems in the US.

I read Comey's book, and despite his attempt to look like a good guy, and self-aggrandizing he was definitely one of the bad ones.

zebs,

In other words “nothing to see here, move along now. Absolutely nothing to see”

/s obviously

tegs_terry,

You don’t need /s if it’s obvious. In fact, you never need it. It’s also not really sarcasm so it’s a bit of a fluff there bud.

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