Shutdown slows FBI's counterterrorism and gang investigations
The FBI Agents Association released a 72-page report Tuesday regarding the partial government shutdown's effect on the agency, with one agent saying it "has eliminated any ability to operate."
The big picture: The FBI has had to cancel training and halt operations. The U.S. Attorney's Office is unable to issue grand jury subpoenas. The association already sent a petition to the White House and congressional leaders urging them to come to an agreement to fund the FBI immediately, saying that not funding the agency is a threat to national security.
What they're saying:
- "FBI offices … are having investigations stalled, to include delayed forensic interviews of child victims and delaying grand jury indictments on homicides and child sexual assault prosecutions."
- "We have lost several sources who have worked for months, and years, to penetrate groups and target subjects."
- The central region is operating a long-term MS-13 investigation without a translator. "We have indicted 23 MS-13 gang members. … Since the shutdown, I have not had a Spanish speaker in the Division."
- "Our mechanics are cannibalizing out of service vehicles in an effort to replace flat tires."