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Questions tagged [fbi]

The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) is the investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice, with its head reporting to the President. Use this tag for questions about the politics of the bureau itself, and not merely for investigations the FBI may be involved with.

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What checks & balances exist on covert operations?

Due to a series of tweets by Boots Riley, I've been reading about COINTELPRO, "a series of covert, and at times illegal, projects conducted by the United States FBI aimed at surveilling, infiltrating, ...
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Political distinction between Surveillance and Wiretapping?

In a recent comment Kdog alludes to: ...those guys that think electronic surveillance and wiretapping semantic differences are somehow important. In the US, is this distinction procedurally ...
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Did someone in the FBI pressure Comey into releasing Hillary news just before the election?

Did Jim Comey make any reference to internal people or persons inside the FBI who told him he had a mandate to release the information to the public about the Hillary Clinton probe? Does anyone have ...
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Attorney client privilege in the Trump and Clinton investigations

In the wake of the FBI raid on his attorney, President Trump has said that attorney-client privilege is dead. Undoubtedly that is an exaggeration, but it brings up a fair question: Has attorney-...
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The Donald Trump Sex Tape Significance [closed]

With all the news about the "alleged" affair Donald J. Trump had with the porn star Stormy Daniels cheating on his wife one has to wonder..... Disclaimer: Donald Trump strongly denies all ...
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How much control does president have over FBI ? [US]

What kind of authority does POTUS has over FBI? Can POTUS directly order DOJ & FBI to close an investigation? After the Watergate scandal, did Congress pass any laws to make FBI a little bit more ...
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What scope does Title I Fisa have as it pertains to other US citizens not explicitly targeted by the warrant?

Suppose that the FBI obtains a Title I FISA warrant on a John Doe. That is they argue successfully before a FISA judge that there is probable cause to believe that John Doe is a foreign agent. This ...
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Why did the House Intelligence Committee vote against releasing the Democratic memo?

The House Intelligence Committee just voted to release a memo drafted by Chairman Devin Nunes and other Republicans which discusses alleged misconduct by the FBI in the Trump-Russia investigation. ...
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Why couldn't the FBI issue a warrant to get Hillary Clinton's emails?

As this article states: "Cox said the fact that Clinton’s staff -- rather than a State Department federal records officer -- chose which emails to destroy is "honestly breathtaking." Her ...
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What are the professional standards for FBI agents? [duplicate]

There have been a lot of stories lately about whether or not the FBI's actions in regards to Trump are proper. Fox News NPR My question is -- what are the relevant professional standards? There ...
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Are American FBI agents not allowed to have personal opinions?

There have been news stories recently about an FBI agent assigned to the Russia probe. Apparently they wire fired from it by Mueller because they had sent messages to another person that were highly ...
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What exactly is “collusion”? What is Robert Mueller expected to prove?

It seems to me that what most people typically mean when they say "Trump colluded with Russia to win the election" is, quite simply, that Trump, or his campaign, knowingly met with some key people ...
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Have any investigators requested the minutes of Trump's Oval Office meeting?

On May 19, the New York Times published a story which said that according to the official White House minutes of President Trump's May 10 Oval Office meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei ...
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Is Donald Trump under investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller?

I've seen conflicting reports about whether Donald Trump is personally (i.e. not his campagin) under investigation. The Washington Post says: "The move by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to ...
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What is the evidence for the Trump/Russia investigation?

I'm pretty confused about the whole thing. All I've really heard about it is people's insistence that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government to sway the 2016 presidential election. I'...
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Are personal memos official accounts of events?

This came up after today's James Comey's testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee. On CNN, after the hearing was finished, they showed a screen that said Comey: Wrote memos after fearing ...
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When and why did Trump publicly change his attitude towards Comey?

It seemed like Trump's best friend in late October 2016 was James Comey: "I was not his fan, but I'll tell you what: What he did, he brought back his reputation. He brought it back." "A lot of ...
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Why didn't Jeff Sessions or Rod Rosenstein fire James Comey?

I understood that the Director of the FBI reported to the Attorney General. If the reason to fire Comey was because of reasons unrelated to the Russia investigation, why didn't Jeff Sessions fire ...
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Did US AG Jeff Sessions violate his promise to recuse himself from the Trump/Russia probe?

After it was discovered that Sessions had lied to the Senate during his confirmation hearing about contacts with Russia, he back-filled by saying he'd recuse himself from any involvement with ...
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What process needs to be followed by the President to fire the FBI Director?

So I'm seeing all the news flashes regarding F.B.I. Director James Comey Is Fired by Trump; I'm sure everyone is hearing about this now. I recall President Trump's campaign aids being under a counter-...