Interesting how DoJ top members are suddenly resigning like rats jumping a sinking ship. The Justice Department inspector general’s forthcoming report about the FBI and DOJ’s handling of the Clinton email investigation has everyone in DC on edge. Very recently, two of the most senior DoJ officials have resigned “immediately” according to MSM articles.
David Laufman, senior Justice Department official and chief of the National Security Division’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section, resigned February 8th according to the DC Caller in their article “DOJ Official Who Worked On Clinton, Russia Investigations Steps Down For Personal Reasons.”
According to their article, he interviewed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as part of the investigation into her emails. He sat in on interviews with the former secretary of state and several of her aides, including Cheryl Mills, Huma Abedin and Jake Sullivan. Laufman also worked on the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand, the number three official at the Department of Justice, resigned late Friday. From BizPak Review February 9th comes the latest: “The biggest Justice Department official yet just stepped down”. The New York Times reports that Brand is leaving federal service to take a job as a general counsel in the private sector, a far more lucrative prospect than government work.
Officially, Brand’s departure is not related to the controversies that have roiled the Department at the highest levels. Still, that she would leave after just nine months in the administration suggests that conflict has destabilized the upper echelons of the Justice Department.
As the Department’s third-in-command, Brand would have been a candidate to assume supervision of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, should President Donald Trump fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Josh Campbell, a former supervisory special agent with the F.B.I., served as a counterterrorism investigator and special assistant to James Comey, resigned very publicly by issuing his own Op-Ed of why. On February 5th, Fox News reported: “Ex-FBI agent lands at CNN after blaming bureau departure on political attacks.” Josh Campbell penned a New York Times Op-Ed on Friday, claiming he was leaving the FBI because of “relentless attacks on the bureau,” but on Monday he proved his column was disingenuous by quickly signing with CNN.
“I am reluctantly turning in my badge and leaving an organization I love.” – Josh Campbell
In answer to his op-ed, an “An open letter to the FBI agent who resigned because of Trump” was submitted by James A. Gagliano, opinion contributor, which came out in The Hill on February 5th. In the letter he comments:
“Who afforded a GS-13 bureau employee the privilege to have a personal opinion piece published?”
But, Campbell’s explanation for resigning talks of “reluctantly turning in his badge” and “leaving an organization he loves.” He describes his voluntary, unforced resignation as “painful.”
He describes ignoring the counsel of “a small number” of onboard and retired agents who gamely advised him that FBI agents should keep their heads down and ignore the maelstrom that is the current president’s rhetorical attacks on certain senior leadership. And as he flatly states in the piece about those who disagree with him: “They are wrong.”
Why the sudden urgency to quit, you ask?
Well, as Campbell notes, “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.”
And having served for a full decade in the special agent law enforcement ranks, Campbell now views criticism of FBI leadership as a “threat to national security.”
…My hope is that all who have left the bureau’s ranks remain loyal to the FBI’s motto of fidelity, bravery, and integrity.
Gagliano’s open letter is an eye-opening and poignant expression of one who had for years been a part of the family within the FBI. He knew intimately the good, bad, and just plain horrible as well as many who have passed on quietly without fanfare. It is worth the read.
Thank you sir and to all of those who retired honorably, who lost their lives in service to our country, or are currently part of the FBI family that served for years in an agency that has helped in many ways to keep our country safe and secure. It isn’t the whole but a few rotten eggs that have created this problem.
Real Americans realize this and are grateful for the jobs each of you do at the expense of family and higher income earned in other fields. We also recognize how hard any it is in any enforcement capacity to watch felons get fat and rich off the public while you work with far less and receive little or no recognition, nor do you ask for any just that your work counts to help our country.
So to those involved in this treasonous or highly suspect activities in the FBI and DoJ –please do jump ship–that you are jumping ship tells as much as any real evidence about your part in the whole sorry mess.
I am personally going to cheer if it is found that any or all of you are part of bigger plan to take down President Trump as an American who chose to run for president and also because there is a coup to take over our country. Each of you as well as others in the Deep State coup helped in some way to try to bring that plan to fruition. Thankfully we now are aware of what you have done.
Love him or hate him, President Trump’s election BY THE PEOPLE has shone a blinding beacon of light on all of these nefarious plans.
I hope those in the FBI and DoJ who are true patriots serve justice up on a cold, cold platter if they can prove all of this is true. Everyone involved in this will deserve all of the scorn of the American people and hopefully a harsh punishment equal to involvement in this horrendous blight and injustice against our country.