With President Trump attacking his own Justice Department on a nearly daily basis as Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation continues to close in, his attacks on the FBI have been particularly vicious. In a legacy that dates back to his firing of former FBI director James Comey, Trump has continued to criticize the agency declaring it in paranoid rants to be an agent of the “deep state” and promising last night at a manic campaign rally appearance to rid the DOJ and the FBI of a “lingering stench.”
Now, according to The Hill, the FBI Agents Association is fighting back. The group, which is comprised of thousands of current and former FBI agents, tweeted out a defense of the agency in the wake of Trump’s attacks which are surely rooted in his fear of the FBI’s mission to unravel the truth at a time when his scandal-plagued administration has demonstrated its antipathy towards that goal.
As we have said, Attacks on our character and demeaning comments about the FBI will not deter Agents from continuing to do what we have always done—dedicate our lives to protecting the American people. https://t.co/HwOnBBkd20
— FBI Agents Assoc. (@FBIAgentsAssoc) September 22, 2018
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The association’s comments come as the President continues to pursue a path of protecting himself from the tightening tentacles of an investigation that had already brought down several of his top campaign aides, including former Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort and former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, and his personal attorney Michael Cohen.
The group’s vow to continue to protect all the American people rather than just serve Trump and his partisan base is reassuring at a time when the question of whether the president will fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein who supervises the Mueller inquiry after a report in The New York Times alleges that he suggested secretly recording Trump’s rantings last year around the time he fired Comey and “recruiting cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Mr. Trump from office for being unfit.”
If Trump were to fire Rosenstein, or his boss Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has also come under heavy attack by the president again in the last few days, he can appoint a loyalist to run the Department of Justice and either end or severely impede Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into his campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia to interfere in the 2016 election and the subsequent obstruction of justice which Trump has openly continued with his continual attacks on the investigators.
It remains to be seen if the removal of anyone overseeing the Mueller probe will be a bridge too far for Congressional Republicans, particularly if it happens before the midterm elections. That could result in a fired-up Democratic base that can cause them to lose control of the legislative branch of government and permanently lose their reputation as being the party that supports an agenda of “law and order,” an agenda that’s hard to maintain while Trump is undermining the very agencies that enforce the law.
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