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Don’t Let Mueller Restore Your Faith in the FBI

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/ Jared Rodriguez / Truthout

Let's not lose perspective on Mueller's role in some of the FBI's most repressive and egregious undertakings.

Aaron J. Leonard, Truthout

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March 16,2019 | The FBI has been under non-stop assault since the election of 2016 — first by Democrats who decried its eleventh-hour decision to restart the Clinton email investigation, then by Donald Trump with his firing of James Comey. The Bureau is currently portrayed in the mainstream media as a friend of justice, suggesting an image rehabilitation after its lawlessness was exposed in the mid-1970s. Already, we have witnessed Comey and Andrew McCabe — who oversaw the FBI in the



The FBI played a role in getting Trump elected, which ought to give pause to those lined up now in support of the Bureau.



critical period during Trump’s ascent — painted as brave truth-tellers, instead of the repressive law enforcement agents they were. One can anticipate more of this, especially with the prospect of release of Robert Mueller’s report.

Who are these people presented to us as heroes? And who will a re-legitimating of the FBI benefit?

Aaron J. Leonard is author of Heavy Radicals: The FBI’s Secret War on America’s Maoists (Zero Books) and A Threat of the First Magnitude—FBI Counterintelligence & Infiltration: From the Communist Party to the Revolutionary Union—1962-1974, (Repeater Books). A regular contributor to the History News Network, Truthout and other publications, he has a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science with a concentration in history from New York University.

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