(LibertySociety.com) – The FBI has been under fire for several years, facing scrutiny from Americans on both sides of the political spectrum, but now the majority of the public wants real accountability for the agency, according to a recent poll. Rasmussen conducted a survey with over 1,000 respondents who are also likely voters, showing that nearly 60 percent believe that the FBI officials who promoted the Russia-Trump Campaign collusion allegations should be charged with crimes. Only 23 percent believe nothing should be done, while the remaining respondents were unsure.
Special Counsel John Durham, who was tasked with investigating the investigators, found that the FBI “failed to uphold their important mission of strict fidelity to the law,” while additionally ignoring the political motivations of the people who provided the agency with what they claimed to be accurate evidence of the Trump campaign colluding with Russia. The FBI investigation led to the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
The FBI released a statement after the Durham report came out, concurring with the results of his investigation. They also claimed that many changes within the FBI will prevent something like this from happening again, but not all Americans seem to be satisfied with this. During the course of his investigation, Special Counsel Durham indicted three participants in the scandal, including Kevin Clinesmith, an FBI attorney who took it upon himself to alter a document on an application for a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant, Michael Sussmann, a lawyer for the Hillary Clinton campaign, for making a false statement to the FBI, and Igor Danchenko, a Russian national who was a source for the Steele dossier, with five counts of lying to the FBI.
While Clinesmith plead guilty to his charge, he received no jail time and had his law license suspended for one year. The other two were found to be not guilty during their trials, leaving some Americans angry that no one was being held accountable. However, several FBI employees were fired or forced out of their jobs once the malfeasance became known, due to the work of Representative Devin Nunes, R-Calif., who led the House Intelligence Committee.
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