Trump takes on the FBI?
Editor: Donald Trump’s public attacks on the FBI represent an appalling precedent. He has attacked the FBI’s integrity, competence and loyalty — and called its performance disgraceful and a “scam.”
Such attacks are an embarrassment to the entire nation. What other head of state would mount a public campaign to disgrace and dishonor his nation’s principal law enforcement and internal security agency?
One must wonder at Trump’s motivation to denigrate the FBI. Is it to improve its effectiveness or to discredit the possible findings of the FBI’s current investigations?
Does Donald Trump think of the impact his attacks on the FBI will have on the daily activities of FBI special agents on our streets all over the country?
Have his efforts to impugn the integrity of the FBI made it easier and safer for special agents to recruit informants and to solicit information on criminals or suspects of activities which endanger U.S. national security? How can the American people respect and support a president who lacks the sophistication, decency and administrative capabilities to solve a problem with the FBI by calling in and holding a private conversation with the FBI director. Why must he discredit and dishonor the FBI in public in the United States, and abroad? In most U.S. Embassies, there is a legal attache, an FBI Special Agent, whose responsibilities include conducting liaison with local law enforcement organizations. Have Trump’s tirades against the FBI made those legal attaches garner more respect and cooperation from their liaison contacts, or to be treated dismissively?
Are immigrants who arrived in this country with ISIS sympathies, or agents of a hostile foreign country who have had a change of heart and loyalties, now more or less inclined to turn themselves in to the FBI?