FBI’s Motto Key to Vetting Director Candidates

Fired FBI Director James Comey named former Direcor of National Intelligence James Clapper “Honorary Special Agent.” Will we see a new direction of Fidelity to the Constittuion under the next director, or can we expect more of the same? (FBI Facebook photo)

“Top Justice Department officials were scheduled to interview four candidates Saturday to serve as FBI director on a permanent basis,” POLITICO Friday reported Friday. “The four potential nominees to be interviewed are: acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), former Justice Department Criminal Division Chief Alice Fisher and New York state judge and former U.S. Attorney in Manhattan Michael Garcia…

“The FBI special agent in charge in Richmond, Adam Lee, also arrived for an interview Saturday afternoon and officials said it was possible more candidates would also be summoned,” the report continued. “Henry E. Hudson, U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia, Fran Townsend, former Homeland Security Adviser to former President George W. Bush, and Mike Rogers, the former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, were also interviewed.”

Assuming the fix isn’t already in for a political appointment and that the interviews aren’t being scheduled for due diligence theater, they should be looked at not only for law enforcement experience, but also for past conduct, political support and sympathies, and most importantly, for how their actions and philosophy have advanced the whole purpose behind having a national government in the first place, as set down in the Preamble to the Constitution:

“…to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity…”

That, of course, is done by constraining authority to that which is delegated through enumerated powers, something seemingly lost on those in power, and of little concern to enough of our countrymen to allow usurpation and abuse to be the rule instead of the exception.

So what can we demonstrate or infer from Saturday’s round of picks, with an eye toward who has shown true faith and allegiance, particularly toward the right to secure all others, the Second Amendment?

Acting Director McCabe’s inclusion appears to be for the sake of form. His “F*** Trump” advocacy would seem to be career-limiting for him to stay on at the Bureau after the top slot is filled, particularly since the president is known to insist on loyalty. So should citizens, and in this case, McCabe’s ties to gun-grabbers Terry McCauliffe, Hillary Clinton and the Democrat party should disqualify him from serious consideration.

Sen. Cornyn gets a “B” from Gun Owners of America and an “A+” and endorsement from the National Rifle Association. Unfortunately, he fails the Numbers USA grade on the tangentially-related “immigration/pathway to citizenship” issues. Noting that all credible polls and all actual experience shows that demographic votes overwhelmingly Democrat and anti-gun, such destructive practices mean “progressive” control of legislatures and courts. Look how quickly California morphed from being a state that once elected Ronald Reagan.

Washington corporate defense lawyer Fisher appears to be the consummate Beltway insider, meaning her experience and her background show no real connections with or understanding of “flyover” concerns. In terms of Constitutional reverence, there does not appear to be a lot to go on, leaving inferences and educated guesses as to her outlook and convictions. Of note in that case is a reference in The National Law Journal that “Michael Chertoff … was her mentor,” and to then look at some of the lessons he must have imparted.

Former U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia was a G.W. Bush appointee, and a Republican. His subsequent appointment to the New York Court of Appeals by Empire State Gungrabber in Chief Andrew Cuomo ought to raise flags for all.

If any of their names advance beyond the initial Politico report, I’ll do some digging on second-tier candidates Lee, Townsend, Hudson and Rogers. For now, a more prominent name has also arisen, former New York Police Department Commissioner Raymond Kelly, a career citizen disarmament proponent and oath-breaker who would ban handguns and so-called (in order to demonize them) “assault weapons” if he had the power.

“Fidelity” to what, exactly? The oath?

Per the FBI’s motto, its initials stand for “Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity.”

That fidelity must first and foremost be to the Constitution.  While it’s doubtful the political establishment would put anyone liberty-minded enough to endorse Oath Keepers in charge of federal law enforcement, there is one question I’d nonetheless like to see asked of whoever ultimately appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee for confirmation:

What orders would you not obey or issue, and why?

UPDATE: Looks like second-tier candidate Henry E. Hudson ought to be a no-go.

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David Codrea

David Codrea blogs at The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance (WarOnGuns.com), and is a field editor/columnist for GUNS Magazine. Named “Journalist of the Year” in 2011 by the Second Amendment Foundation for his groundbreaking work on the “Fast and Furious” ATF “gunwalking” scandal, he is a frequent event speaker and guest on national radio and television programs.

Comments

  1. Wendy Weinbaum 15 May, 2017, 13:43

    As a Jewess in the US, I say it is time for all REAL Americans to put our 2nd Amendment FIRST! Criminals and renegade governments are stopped by firearms, not weak words. And remember that America wasn’t won with a registered gun!

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  2. Cal 15 May, 2017, 13:48

    “… they should be looked at not only for (CONSTITUTIONAL) law enforcement experience, but also for past conduct, political support and sympathies, and most importantly, for how their actions and philosophy have advanced the whole purpose behind having a national government in the first place, as set down in the Preamble to the Constitution:

    “…to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity…”” (I agree, except that I added a word within the first sentence)

    “That, of course, is done by constraining authority to that which is delegated through enumerated powers, something seemingly lost on those in power, and of little concern to enough of our countrymen to allow usurpation and abuse to be the rule instead of the exception.”

    True, but of equal importance is the answer to the question of WHO does the US Constitution assign to hold those who serve within OUR governments accountable for their actions, enforce both the US and state Constitutions,enforce and keep the “Laws of the Union”, Protect the country against all enemies both domestic and foreign, and to to suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions. That would be the Militia.

    “… and of little concern to enough of our countrymen to allow usurpation and abuse to be the rule instead of the exception.”

    Except that “little concern” is most likely caused by, as Bertrand Russell described in 1953: “… Diet, injections, and injunctions will combine, from a very early age, to produce the sort of character and the sort of beliefs that the authorities consider desirable, and any serious criticism of the powers that be will become psychologically impossible…” (“The Impact of Science on Society”, Simon and Schuster, New York, 1953)

    Personal opinion, since there is no delegation or authorization for the FBI, CIA, NSA, etc instead of looking for more domestic enemies/possible traitors to run those unlawful agencies, why not just dump them? Then place all who seem able to transition over to loyalty to the US Constitution, our legitimate government to the Militia.

    But if we are not going to do so, IF we are going to continue to allow those unlawful agencies to continue on, then we must give a constitutional test to every single candidate, and they must not miss more then 1 or 2 on that 35+ question test. Even then, they will need to go through a Constitution and Oath re-education classes before starting. How about Trey Goudy? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pT50mZ0QQU

    At least it seems as if he is trying hard, and at least asking the hard questions instead of ignoring the US Constitution. Truthfully, we need Ron Paul, Vieira, etc but they would be assassinated (my opinion).

    Remember this is OUR government, we created it starting with the states, and through state representatives the federal. WE, as its creators can require what must be needed to get our government back on track again. But, and so far our framers and forefathers are correct in what they say; they say we must replace everyone.

    Emer de Vattel’s Law of Nations: “The constitution and laws of a state are the basis of the public tranquillity, the firmest support of political authority, and a security for the liberty of the citizens. But this constitution is a vain phantom, and the best laws are useless, if they be not religiously observed: the nation ought then to watch very attentively, in order to render them equally respected by those who govern, and by the people destined to obey. To attack the constitution of the state, and to violate its laws, is a capital crime against society; and if those guilty of it are invested with authority, they add to this crime a perfidious abuse of the power with which they are entrusted. The nation ought constantly to repress them with its utmost vigor and vigilance, as the importance of the case requires.”

    Our nation is large enough that we will need “semi-permanent” Militia to deal with the enforce both the US and state Constitutions,enforce and keep the “Laws of the Union”, Protect the country against all enemies both domestic and foreign, and to to suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions and all the logistics, etc that goes along with that. Rotate out all a lot, Have Dr. Vieira, etc training them in the US Constitution and their duties. They have knowledge that can be used FOR our nation instead of against it. Also, cspoa.org can step up their program and retrain our law enforcement at all levels also.

    One other thing they all must learn is that there are NO lawful lies that can be “policy”, that was/is an excuse to work against our nation from the inside.

    Patrick Henry, American colonial revolutionary: “The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.”

    How many understand that war must be declared by the Congress? How many more understand that the Congress has constitutional remedies to stop any US President? So all these wars we are in are actually still those who serve within the legislative branch not doing their duty.

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  3. Green Giant 16 May, 2017, 08:24

    Clapper and Comey. Two peas in a pod. Worthless. Likely members of the Shadow Government. Glad they are gone.
    The present acting head of the FBI gave full support to Comey. A sure sign that he, too, is worthless
    Cornyn is worthless. He is as bad a person as Ryan and McConnell. Sold his soul. Think not? Look at his voting record on Conservative Review ratings. 40% is NOT not a conservative and should not be the record of a real Republican. It is, however the record of such as McCain and Graham and Collings.

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  4. Green Giant 16 May, 2017, 08:28

    Maybe Sheriff Clark would be a good one. Surely is better than any mentioned so far.

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    • Ivan Berry 16 May, 2017, 11:34

      Not a bad suggestion, GG. Sure hope Corny Cornyn gets knocked out in the first round. Had enough of him in Texas.

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    • WGP 17 May, 2017, 08:09

      Yep…time for a constitutional sheriff.

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  5. dee 16 May, 2017, 09:11

    I believe dems are constantly creating lies & DISTRACTIONS to keep from being investigated themselves for crimes they’ve either committed or helped to cover up via hillary’e email server & during oba,a’s 2 terms .. I SAY REOPEN EMAIL SERVER CASE & MANY MORE CRIMES WILL BE FOUND BY MANY OTHERS….

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    • WGP 17 May, 2017, 08:11

      The lefties always transfer and project their evil on to others.

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  6. pissed off 16 May, 2017, 12:13

    did i miss something? how does a FIRED person hire ANYONE?

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  7. Nick 17 May, 2017, 08:11

    Over the years I’ve dealt with a lot of police, attorney’s, and a few judges. What I’ve learned is that they either have no respect for the law, or are completely ignorant of the nature of our system. Yes they know legalese, and are more than willing to exercise “the play and action of purely personal, and arbitrary power”. But knowledge of the law as it was developed by our Founders? NO!
    So, I’m not sure that we want someone in that position with any “law enforcement experience”.

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  8. Boceefuss 18 May, 2017, 11:14

    The Attacks on our president….are unprecedented if we want our children to have a chance at any kind of a future……. We must DEMAND THAT OUR REPRESENTATIVES STAND AND DEFEND OUR PRESIDENT…….THOSE OF US THAT REMAIN SILENT ARE AS GUILTY AS THOSE WHO MAKE THE ALLEGATIONS……..!!! Call your senators….. Congressman leave a message. That you will remember their silence on Election day……!!!! This is a WAR AGAINST OUR REPUBLIC……!

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