Depoliticize the FBI

For those of us who have long admired the Federal Bureau of Investigation and understand its important role in protecting national security and public safety, yesterday was a red letter one.

First, Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe was finally forced to resign.  He epitomized the politicization of the Bureau’s senior management that has hampered its performance under former Directors Robert Mueller and James Comey and undermined the American people’s confidence in the organization.

Second, the House Intelligence Committee voted to release a memo that exposes apparently politically motivated domestic surveillance and other malfeasance on the part of FBI officials on Andy McCabe’s watch.

Unsurprisingly, Democrats who have been the principal beneficiaries of such politicization for years now are complaining that these efforts to end it are themselves exercises in partisanship.

Get the facts out, and let the American people decide.

About Frank Gaffney, Jr.

Frank Gaffney is the Founder and President of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. Under Mr. Gaffney's leadership, the Center has been nationally and internationally recognized as a resource for timely, informed and penetrating analyses of foreign and defense policy matters. Mr. Gaffney formerly acted as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy during the Reagan Administration, following four years of service as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy. Previously, he was a professional staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee under the chairmanship of the late Senator John Tower, and a national security legislative aide to the late Senator Henry M. Jackson.