Jeffrey Ringel Interviewed on Salon Talks: FBI Veteran Jeffrey Ringel is Concerned About a Partisan Pick for Bureau’s Chief
May 18, 2017
By: Carrie Sheffield
Following President Donald Trump’s recent firing of FBI Director James Comey, two experts joined “Salon Talks” for a roundtable discussion to discuss the fallout.
Jeffrey Ringel, a former FBI special agent who served the agency for 21 years, told Salon that he and some of his former colleagues are concerned about the prospect of a partisan replacement to lead the bureau. “Bringing in a Trump loyalist, I think that would be a huge problem,” Ringel said. “Not only for the Democrats who have to vote for him, but also for the American public right now that is going to question. That’s going to ruin the FBI’s reputation as being impartial.”
Ringel expressed deep appreciation of the institutional culture and long-held values of the rank and file in his agency. “FBI personnel are professionals and they take an oath of loyalty to the Constitution of the United States and not to the president, not to a political party,” he said. “And my peers are, or who used to be my peers, are all honest hardworking people that want to uphold the law …”
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