The FBI Is On The Hot Seat After The Midterms

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Former President Donald Trump has made his grievances relating to the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) quite clear, especially after in August the FBI raided his Mar-a-Lago estate and seized several documents of ranging classification levels. As the rumors about Trump placing another bid for the White House have been increasing, many are questioning what would happen to the FBI if Trump won a second term.

Trump has often spoken against the FBI, and in the past has criticized them over their involvement in the investigations into the alleged relationship between Russia and Trump during the 2016 campaign cycle. The agency is currently being led by Trump appointee Christopher Wray, but that has not stopped Trump from criticizing the FBI. In regards to the Mar-a-Lago raid, he has specifically accused the FBI of planting evidence and has even referred to agents as “vicious monsters.”

Republicans have supported Trump and his criticisms and have asked for Wray to be dismissed. They also have said that if the GOP wins control of Congress, then there would be greater oversight over the FBI’s activities.

On Friday, House Republicans released a report that was over 1,000 pages long in which they alleged that the FBI was politically motivated. This document is going to act as the groundwork for any future investigations into the FBI. Representative Jim Jordan, who led the report, has said that the FBI has “rotted at its core” and that the agency is full of “rampant corruption, manipulation, and abuse.”

If Trump wins in 2024, many are wondering whether these criticisms of the FBI are also going to lead to the agency being revamped. This is something that Trump did not do during his first term.