I’m not going to lie, this is a little troubling.
Courtesy of WaPo:
The FBI can neutralize a counterintelligence threat several ways. One is to simply monitor the activity under the radar and, in the process, collect intelligence on what our foreign adversaries are interested in and able to do. An example of this tactic is the FBI’s operation “Ghost Stories,” which allowed 10 Russian spies to believe they were operating undetected for 10 years. During this time, the FBI gained important data on Russia’s tradecraft and targets, thereby allowing the United States to enhance its own intelligence techniques and foreign policy objectives. Another avenue to neutralize a target who might be acting on behalf of foreign power is to remove their access to information that could help our adversary. In the case of someone sharing classified information with foreign intelligence, for example, the FBI could surreptitiously ensure that they are no longer able to obtain sensitive information (as they did with Robert Hanssen while he was under investigation in the 1980s and 1990s for spying for the Soviet Union and Russia), or to replace the information with fake documents, throwing our adversaries off the trail.
Under certain circumstances, the FBI can also take more aggressive steps. If the target is in a position to provide direct foreign intelligence about an adversary and appears to have wavering loyalties, our intelligence services can offer financial and other incentives to “flip” the target — turning him or her into a double agent who provides information to the United States while pretending to cooperate with their foreign handlers. And in the case of a foreign national or spy who is working under diplomatic cover who poses an egregious threat to national security, the FBI can force the target to leave the country — as the Obama administration did when it declared 35 Russian spies persona non grata in December 2016 in retaliation for Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election.
Unfortunately, none of these is a feasible option if the national security threat is the president of the United States.
The woman who wrote this is a former FBI agent and a national security analyst, and it is important information to share because there is a lot of misinformation out there.
I heard more than one Trump apologist suggest that if there had really been an FBI investigation that they would not have allowed Trump to remain in office or cut off his access to top secret information, but as this article points out neither of those is an option.
In fact, without support from the Senate, now controlled by Mitch McConnell and the Republicans there are almost no structures in place to stop or control Trump, or even minimize the damage he can do while in office.
Now that Democrats control the Congress they can start hitting the brakes but to stop the president, or remove him from office, we really need the Senate to step up and put the country before partisan politics.
I do not see that happening any time soon.