Should Donald Trump become president in 2024 and the acts to make major changes within the federal executive bureaucracy, cleaning house from top to bottom with major firings and layoffs (something he should have done in his first administration and failed to do), without question the first agency he must attack mercilessly is the FBI.
There are numerous documented examples in the past decade where the FBI has been weaponized against conservatives and Republicans, investigating, harassing, and even arresting people because they held beliefs that opposed the agenda of the Democratic Party. In some cases the individuals attacked were simply religious Christians who opposed abortion. In other cases the victims were ordinary Americans who simply made public their support of Trump.
Nor were just everyday Americans attacked. The FBI has arrested Republican candidates for office. Its officials have altered evidence to justify illegal seach warrants against Republicans. Its management also targeted and framed Trump officials it did not like. Officials there also abused the FISA court, submitting error-filled applications that were used to get warrants to spy on Americans. It redacted information to hide its misbehavior, claiming dishonestly that the redactions were for national security reasons.
This list is only a very small selection of the many such stories reported in the past decade. Any one of these corrupt actions would justify firing everyone at the FBI and zeroing out its budget as quickly as possible. Last week however the Ninth U.S. Court of Appeals provided us another reason: It ruled that FBI agents literally committed theft in rummaging through hundreds of security deposit boxes at a bank in wealthy Beverly Hills, confiscating millions of dollars it had no right to grab, simply because the cash was there and the agents and the agency wanted that money for their own pockets.
The decision slammed the FBI for overstepping its authority when it opened up hundreds of renters’ boxes, conducted criminal searches of them all, and attempted to permanently keep everything in the boxes worth more than $5,000, all without charging any box renter with a crime.
…For years, the FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) insisted that they did nothing wrong at US Private Vaults. Even though the warrant authorizing the raid only permitted the FBI to open boxes to identify their owners and safeguard the contents, agents rummaged through hundreds of boxes, ran currency they found in front of drug sniffing dogs, and made copies of people’s most personal records. The DOJ then filed a massive administrative forfeiture claim to take more than $100 million in cash and other valuables, again, without charging any individual with a crime.
In other words, the court has ruled that the FBI is really a criminal organization that routinely abuses its power, and in this case it did so in order to literally steal millions from innocent Americans.
The ruling [pdf] returns the case to the lower courts, which had previously ruled in favor of the FBI, for further action. Its language also appears to demand that the FBI must destroy all data it obtained during these illegal searches. It is unclear however whether the decision requires the FBI to return the stolen money. Further litigation in the lower courts will likely settle this issue.
Regardless, the FBI’s behavior in this one case alone demonstrates its utter corruption. Not only has its officials been more than willing to help Democrats unfairly by attacking Republicans for political reasons, the case shows that those same officials are crooks as well. They need to go.
Moreover, they need to be frog-marched from their offices on the first day of office of the very next Republican who gains the presidency. There should be no mercy or grace period, which is what Trump did in 2020. The result was a four-year-long quiet insurrection within the FBI to undermine his entire administration.
The broom must sweep clean, immediately
and without mercy
That must not happen in 2025, should Trump win in November. On inauguration day every FBI agent and manager must either submit his or her resignation or be fired. They should told in no uncertain terms that they must not report to work, and that they no longer have any authority to enter any FBI facility or use any government equipment, from email servers to computer desktops. This will not only allow the new administration to start fresh, it will make more difficult for these thugs to do anything to sabotage that administration.
Nor am I being paranoid. These corrupt FBI officials have demonstrated quite openly their willingness to cheat, lie, defy the law for both political and personal reasons. To leave them in power for even one nanosecond after Trump has the power to remove them would be allow them the opportunity to defy that new administration, in ways that are too awful to contemplate.
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