In a recent letter to Inspector General Horowitz, GOP Senator Chuck Grassley shined a bright spotlight on allegations of sexual misconduct at the FBI.
Specifically, Sen. Grassley focused the bright spotlight of his glare and demands for oversight on allegations that the FBI had not properly handled those who were accused of sexual misconduct, allowing them to retire and escape accountability rather than face justice for their actions.
In his words from the scathing letter:
On October 5, 2022, I wrote to the Justice Department and FBI with respect to lawful, protected whistleblower disclosures provided to my office that included allegations and records showing hundreds of FBI employees retired or resigned because of sexual misconduct allegations against them and that they did so in order to avoid accountability. The allegations and records paint a disgraceful picture of abuse and misconduct within the FBI.
Continuing, Grassley went on to characterize the conduct of the FBI and those meant to hold wrongdoers accountable “beyond unacceptable,” skewering the FBI by saying:
Simply put, such misconduct is beyond unacceptable and must be put to an end.
Then, after explaining from where his information came and highlighting the work the AP had done to expose what the FBI was up to, Grassley noted the shocking results of the investigation into the FBI’s sexual misconduct allegations and processes, saying:
The document noted that the Justice Department reviewed 8,686 summaries in Javelin and found that from 2004 to December 23, 2020, “665 FBI employees, including 45 [Senior Executive Service]- level employees have retired or resigned following an FBI or [Justice Department Office of Inspector General] investigation into alleged misconduct, but prior to [the Office of Professional Responsibility’s] issuance of a final disciplinary letter.”
In other words, they retired rather than face accountability, and the FBI let them get away with it.
Grassley’s letter is a follow-up to whistleblower concerns first raised in early October, at which time the AP reported that:
A U.S. senator is pressing the FBI for more information after a whistleblower alleged that an internal review found 665 FBI personnel have resigned or retired to avoid accountability in misconduct probes over the past two decades.
[…]The follow-up review found 665 FBI employees, including 45 senior-level officials, resigned or retired between 2004 and 2020 following a misconduct probe but before a final disciplinary letter could be issued, according to a letter this week from Grassley to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland.
So perhaps the FBI should devote a few more resources to policing its ranks and a few less to trying to set up Trump supporters for crimes that look bad and help Democrats, such as the mostly-FBI “plot” to kidnap Gretchen Whitmer.
But, given the FBI’s obvious hatred of Trump and the longstanding nature of these sickening responses to sexual misconduct, it seems far more likely that it’ll just be more of the same from the FBI until the GOP has the power to crack down on and reform the rogue law enforcement agency.