The FBI and Election Crimes: Holding Government Officials Accountable

The FBI and Election Crimes: Holding Government Officials Accountable

If there is one lesson members at all levels of the Federal Bureau of Investigation should learn — as a result of the politicizing allegations of corruption during the historic 2016 election cycle — that one lesson should be that federal law enforcement agencies and various intelligence agencies serve the American people, not political parties or corrupt politicians.

And no one should be more aware of that fact than those individuals who are chosen to serve within the upper-echelons of government agencies especially those entities which interact with the American people on a daily basis.

What Americans have seen over the last three years is the flagrant misuse of power by elected officials who appear to count on federal cops and security officers to turn a blind eye to the politically-motivated misuse and abuse of political power.

In democratic societies like the United States, the voting process is a means by which citizens hold their government accountable; conflicts are channeled into resolutions and power transfers peacefully. Our system of representative government works only when honest ballots are not diluted by fraudulent ballots. The FBI, through its Public Corruption Unit, has an important but limited role in ensuring fair and free elections. Election crimes become federal cases when:

Federal election crimes fall into three broad categories—campaign finance crimes, voter/ballot fraud, and civil rights violations.

Campaign finance

Civil rights violations

Voter/ballot fraud

What is NOT a federal election crime:

The FBI’s International Corruption Unit (ICU) is the leading investigative entity in combating foreign corruption. ICU manages five programs:


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