The Justice Department is investigating whether hundreds of FBI agents cheated on a test of new rules allowing the bureau to conduct surveillance and open cases without evidence that a crime has been committed, reports the Associated Press. In some instances, agents took the open-book test together, violating rules that they take it alone. Others finished the lengthy exam unusually quickly, current and former officials said.
In Columbia, S.C., agents printed the test in advance to use as a study guide, according to a letter to the inspector general from the FBI Agents Association. “There are similar stories for practically every office, demonstrating the pervasive confusion and miscommunication that existed,” said the association’s president, Konrad Motyka. FBI Director Robert Mueller was scheduled to testify today before Congress.