What’s A Little Sexual Assault Among Friends At The FBI? Just Retire And It All Goes Away.

Written by Benjamin Harris.

A recent report from the Justice Department’s Inspector General (DOJ-IG) revealed that a senior FBI official sexually harassed a subordinate and then chose to retire amid an investigation. This incident adds another chapter to a growing list of misconduct within the bureau.

According to the report, the senior official breached the Department’s zero tolerance policy on harassment by making five inappropriate comments to the subordinate. While the investigation found no evidence of unwelcome touching or sexually explicit behavior, the comments were deemed unprofessional and disrespectful to the subordinate’s dignity in the workplace.

Unusually, the DOJ-IG recused itself from this investigation, allowing another Office of Inspector General to take over—a deviation from the norm for internal harassment probes. The senior FBI official’s name was not disclosed in the report. The findings were forwarded to the FBI for appropriate action, marking yet another instance of internal issues surfacing within the agency.

A Culture of Sexual Misconduct

This case is not an isolated incident. Last month, the DOJ-IG released a similar report regarding an FBI assistant section chief who had an “inappropriate relationship” with a subordinate. This relationship involved visits to various drinking establishments, including a strip club, excessive drinking, and sexual contact in a rideshare vehicle.

The month prior, another report detailed the actions of a now-retired FBI special agent in charge (SAC) who arranged for their spouse to sit on a committee and receive a cash award. This violation of federal ethics regulations and FBI policies highlighted a deeper issue within the bureau’s ranks. The SAC retired before the DOJ-IG could conduct an interview, leaving unanswered questions about the spouse’s involvement.

Despite uncovering numerous instances of illegal activity, DOJ-IG investigations often do not result in prosecutions. A notable example is the decision not to prosecute a retired senior FBI official who solicited prostitutes from a foreign national’s massage parlor while still employed by the bureau. This report came two years after another finding that four FBI officials engaged with prostitutes while posted overseas, with one even attempting to do so.

The Fallout and Public Trust

The implications of these findings are profound. The public’s trust in the FBI is continually eroded by revelations of misconduct and the lack of accountability. The DOJ-IG’s reports show a pattern of inappropriate behavior, ethical violations, and, in some cases, criminal activity among FBI officials.

In one case, an official provided another with a package of approximately 100 white pills to deliver to a foreign law enforcement officer. The OIG’s December 2021 report highlighted that two FBI officials resigned, two retired, and one was removed during the investigation. However, the outcomes of these referrals to the FBI for “appropriate action” remain unclear.

Meanwhile, the DOJ continues to pursue prosecutions against prominent political figures, journalists, and peaceful protesters. This selective approach to justice raises concerns about a two-tiered justice system, where accountability depends on one’s status and connections.

Our Take

The recurring misconduct within the FBI and the subsequent lack of prosecution reflect poorly on the integrity of our justice system. The disparity between how high-ranking officials and ordinary citizens are treated is deeply concerning. While the DOJ aggressively pursues cases against non-violent dissidents and journalists, it appears reluctant to hold its own officials accountable.

From a conservative perspective, this situation exemplifies the need for stringent oversight and reform within federal agencies. The FBI, tasked with upholding the law, must itself be subject to the highest standards of conduct. Without accountability, public trust will continue to diminish, and the foundational principles of our justice system will be undermined.

The continued exposure of misconduct and the inconsistent application of justice highlight the urgent need for reform. Ensuring that all individuals, regardless of their position, are held to the same legal standards is essential for maintaining public confidence and upholding the rule of law. The FBI must take decisive action to address these issues and restore its reputation as a fair and just institution.

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