However, the most immediate need is a massive overhaul of the FBI and the Department of Justice. They exercised power detached from any accountability and came relatively close to undermining a legitimate electoral outcome.So while there is no doubt that those who engaged in criminal activity need to be punished to the fullest extent of the law, the more urgent need is to confine the power of the FBI and to make reforms that will more effectively hold it to account. This not being an easy thing, particularly as the FBI has been in the forefront of the fight against terrorism at home, and thus any restraints upon its power could easily be construed as impeding the effectiveness of law enforcement in that fight.The political implications of such charges in a moment of national crisis not being hard to imagine. Thus being why, even now, many Republican leaders, while expressing outrage against those who were directly involved in the Flynn/Russia matter, have continued to preface their remarks with soothing words about the FBI's agents and their essential decency and trustworthiness.Trustworthy and noble many agents may be, but at this point that trust has been forfeit, and there is a pressing need to place limits on the powers of the FBI and reforms made such to bind it to proper procedures. It now being clear that there is an FBI that can, given the right cultural and political preconditions, impede normal constitutional processes and curtail the civil rights of individual citizens without being held to account.This is no small matter and it goes well beyond the punishment of a few rogue agents. I am not one for conspiracy theories, but this is about a close to a conspiracy as it is possible to imagine. Its' full limit and extent having yet to be fully revealed. It is nevertheless clear that institutional reforms are urgently needed to put law enforcement back in its proper place and to assure that such episodes are not repeated in the future.
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