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FBI Farewell Party Flyer Celebrated Comey Assistant Going To ‘CNN To Defend’ The FBI

An official goodbye party flyer for former assistant to FBI Director James Comey, Josh Campbell, told attendees they could celebrate his new position at CNN, where he would “defend the bureau” on air, FBI veteran Jimmy Gagliano writes in a new op-ed for The Hill.

Gagliano confirmed to The Daily Caller he reviewed a copy of the flyer which told attendees of the party they could “celebrate [Josh’s] new endeavor defending the Bureau as a CNN Law Enforcement Analyst.”

An FBI spokesman declined to respond to TheDC’s request for comment on the party, saying the bureau does not confirm or deny any official or unofficial communications.

Campbell authored a recent op-ed for The New York Times declaring that he was leaving the bureau “so I can join the growing chorus of people who believe that the relentless attacks on the bureau undermine not just America’s premier law enforcement agency but also the nation’s security.” CNN announced Campbell as a law enforcement analyst Monday when he made his television debut.

He also took aim at Republican House intelligence committee members for authoring a recent memo showing alleged political abuse of surveillance powers by top officials at the FBI and the Department of Justice. “These political attacks on the bureau must stop. If those critics of the agency persuade the public that the F.B.I. cannot be trusted, they will also have succeeded in making our nation less safe,” he wrote.

The op-ed drew praise from Comey who lamented his resignation from the FBI but added that Campbell’s “voice is an important addition to the national conversation.”

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