In this hyperpartisan time, enough with the leaks — bring all the facts to light

It is ironic that an article mocking the notion of misconduct by a few FBI officials appeared on the front page (“Disorder from the ‘party of law and order,’ ” Page A1, Jan. 29) the same day that the FBI’s deputy director, Andrew McCabe, was forced to resign.

I don’t know if there was any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government agents to influence the election, or if there was a cabal in the FBI trying to damage the Trump campaign and presidency. Neither does the reporter, Matt Viser. All we’ve had in a year and a half of investigations is a couple of indictments on unrelated subjects and a lot of selective leaking.

Allegations against a few FBI officials are not an attack on the agency any more than complaints against Trump (or any earlier president) are attacks on the presidency. If handled properly, they only strengthen the institution.


What is needed is information released on the record, shorn of revelations of intelligence sources and methods. The House Intelligence Committee memo should be released. If members of the committee dispute its facts, they should be allowed to release a minority report. The allegations against the Trump campaign and against the group of high FBI officials are not necessarily inconsistent. Both could be true or false. It’s time to stop the selective leaks and release all the known facts. In this hyperpartisan age, people will draw different conclusions from them, but let’s do it based on the facts.

Brian R. Merrick

West Barnstable