The FBI is supposed to be an elite arm of America's law enforcement system. However, the systemic problems run deep.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) revealed that hundreds of high-level FBI officials retired or resigned following sexual misconduct allegations, Breitbart reported. Moreover, Grassley fears the problem may be more severe than the numbers let on.
An internal report titled "Retirements and Resignations During Unwelcome Sexual Conduct Adjudications" provided the data. It stated that "665 FBI employees, including 45 [Senior Executive Service (SES)]-level employees have retired or resigned following an FBI or [Justice Department Office of Inspector General (OIG)] investigation into alleged misconduct, but prior to [the Office of Professional Responsibility’s (OPR)] issuance of a final disciplinary letter."
However, Grassley fears the true number isn't reflected due to employees who leave before investigations are complete. "Whistleblower disclosures to my office show systemic failure within FBI to protect women employees from disgraceful sexual misconduct; senior-level employees get away with it, retire, & get bonuses; when is FBI Dir Wray going to clean house??"
FBI Director Christopher Wray’s "zero tolerance directive" may have been unfairly applied to lower-level employees, according to Grassley. The way their cases were adjudicated compared to superiors left the lower-level employees with "a statistically greater likelihood of being dismissed for their sexual misconduct."
Grassley sent a letter Wednesday to Attorney General Merrick Garland and Wray demanding answers. Lawful, protected whistleblower disclosures provided to my office include allegations and records that show hundreds of FBI employees have retired or resigned because of sexual misconduct allegations against them and that they did so in order to avoid accountability," Grassley wrote.
"The allegations and records paint a disgraceful picture of abuse that women within the FBI have had to live with for many years. This abuse and misconduct is outrageous and beyond unacceptable," the GOP lawmaker said.
The FBI has promised to look into it. However, there's evidence of a breakdown of integrity within the organization.