The news is out: [A former FBI counterterrorism agent, Dave Gomez, told The Washington Post he thought that a fear of being seen as targeting President Donald Trump’s base was muting the agency’s response to violence by white nationalists.
“There’s some reluctance among agents to bring forth an investigation that targets what the president perceives as his base,” Gomez told the publication.
The comments followed an attack on Saturday by a gunman at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, that the FBI is treating as a domestic terrorism incident.
Investigators have said the gunman left a racist manifesto on the messaging board 8chan ahead of the attack.
FBI agents are hesitant to investigate white nationalist extremists because they don’t want to be seen as pursuing investigations against President Donald Trump’s base, a former FBI counterterrorism agent told The Washington Post.
The former agent, Dave Gomez, said he believes that FBI Director Christopher Wray “is an honorable man, but I think in many ways the FBI is hamstrung in trying to investigate the white supremacist movement like the old FBI would.”
“There’s some reluctance among agents to bring forth an investigation that targets what the president perceives as his base,” Gomez said. “It’s a no-win situation for the FBI agent or supervisor.”
He said that Trump’s repeated criticism of the FBI and its investigation into Russian election interference and collusion were likely factors as well.
The FBI declined to comment to Business Insider on Gomez’s claims. An FBI representative told The Post that the comments were not accurate and that the agency distributes resources according to its assessment of the threat posed by domestic terrorism.]
Anyone still wondering why innocent people are being sacrificed on the altar of white supremacy?