Is FBI’s Aggressive Comey Another Hoover?

Critics believe FBI boss James Comey has displayed a worrying disregard for the norms that usually have constrained his predecessors, “straying…across the fine line that separates independence from unaccountability.” They wonder whether the next president may find him just as untouchable as J. Edgar Hoover was.

Crime Victims, FBI Among Winners In DOJ Budget Battle

Crime victims and the FBI were two of the big winners in the annual battle over spending U. S. Justice Department funds. A Congressional budget deal for the current fiscal year that was finalized by negotiators early yesterday morning provided an estimated $2.26 billion for state and local organizations that help crime victims. Under a law dating from the 1980s, those groups are supposed to receive fines paid in federal cases, but Congress has long put a cap on the total. The total amounts to an increase of about 15.5 percent over the current level of support, which itself was a big increase over recent years, says the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators, which tracks the spending. The future of funding for victims is not certain. Major fines and settlements in white-collar-crime cases have raised the fund's total to $12 billion, but executive and legislative branch leaders have insisted that some of that money go to other government functions, over the objection of victim advocates.

Comey's Bid to Silence Cop Critics Is Disgraceful–and Wrong

FBI Director James Comey disgraced himself last week when he claimed that criticisms of the police over the past year have contributed to the rise in violent crime. He added, in his October 23 speech at the University of Chicago, that he had no evidence to support this statement. Of course he doesn't have any. There is no evidence. Comey's claim sends absolutely the wrong message to the country.