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Ex-FBI Agent: I Quit Over 'Relentless' Attacks by Politicians

Ex-FBI Agent: I Quit Over 'Relentless' Attacks by Politicians
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By    |   Saturday, 03 February 2018 05:10 PM

A former FBI agent said Saturday that he was leaving after more than a decade because of the "relentless" and "scorched-earth" attacks on the agency "from politicians with partisan goals."

"I am reluctantly turning in my badge and leaving an organization I love," Josh Campbell, a former supervisory special agent, said in an op-ed in The New York Times. "Why?

"So I can join the growing chorus of people who believe that the relentless attacks on the bureau undermine not just America’s premier law enforcement agency but also the nation’s security.

"My resignation is painful, but the alternative of remaining quiet while the bureau is tarnished for political gain is impossible," he said.

Campbell served as a counterterrorism investigator and special assistant to the bureau's director, Christopher Wray.

He received his special agent badge from former FBI Director Robert Mueller, who is heading the Russia probe as special counsel, and also worked under James Comey, whom President Donald Trump fired as FBI director last May.

"If those who know the agency best remain silent, it will be defined by those with partisan agendas," Campbell said.

He called FBI agents "dogged people who do not care about the direction of political winds.

"But to succeed in their work, they need public backing.

"Scorched-earth attacks from politicians with partisan goals now threaten that support, raising corrosive doubts about the integrity of the F.B.I. that could last for generations.

"To be effective, the F.B.I. must be believed and must maintain the support of the public it serves," Campbell said.

Noting that FBI agents "are not infallible," he said that the agency was "subject to a robust system of checks and balances.

"It is the F.B.I. agent on the street who will be most severely affected as public support for federal law enforcement is sacrificed for partisan gain," Campbell said.

"These political attacks on the bureau must stop," he concluded. "If those critics of the agency persuade the public that the F.B.I. cannot be trusted, they will also have succeeded in making our nation less safe."

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A former FBI agent said Saturday that he was leaving after more than a decade because of the "relentless" and "scorched-earth" attacks on the agency "from politicians with partisan goals."
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