The FBI and Congress

THE FBI AND CONGRESS….Given its extremely politicized conduct in the past, Mark Kleiman believes that giving the FBI the power to search congressional offices is extremely dangerous. What’s more, he’s basically threatening to keep blogging about this forever unless we all go read his full argument. So go read it! He even has comments these days if you want to argue with him.

I’m not fully convinced myself. It strikes me that the FBI is the agency best qualified to conduct criminal investigations of national figures, and there are probably some narrowly targeted restrictions that could be placed on their ability to request search warrants if there are serious concerns that they might abuse it for purposes of political retribution. But go read Mark’s argument and decide for yourself.

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