Bongino says FBI should disband after Danchenko bombshell: ‘A broken and failed agency’

The bombshell news from this week that the FBI paid known liar Igor Danchenko to serve as a paid informant has conservative radio show host Dan Bongino convinced more than ever that it’s time for the agency as a whole to be disbanded.

“I think the FBI needs to be disbanded. I think there are a lot of good people left, I think those people should retain their jobs. They can retain their GSAT-11 investigator status and other entities. The FBI, as it stands right now, is a broken and failed agency,” Bongino said Saturday morning on Fox News’s “Fox & Friends Weekend.”

He added that he’s not talking about funding or defunding law enforcement — he’s talking about doing away with the agency as an “entity.”

“It’s not about defunding, stop the nonsense, libs, cut the crap. I’m not going to get your stupid lectures on anything. Take the money. It’s a substantial amount, billions of dollars. You can take that money, increase the funding. I’m all about law enforcement and anti-terrorism and intelligence gathering. But the entity has failed. The entity has totally, completely failed,” he said.

“How many more examples do you need? I mean, they missed all of these terror cases, the litany of terror cases, we can list them out all day. And yet you focused on bounties on Donald Trump’s peepee tape, or showing up at pro-lifers’ doors, like who the hell thought that was a good idea? This is insane,” Bongino continued.


His remarks came a few short days after FBI Special Agent Kevin Helson testified in Danchenko’s trial that the agency had paid him $200,000 to act as a confidential human source from 2017 to 2020.

“Helson testified Thursday that Danchenko was paid more than $200,000 by the FBI for his work over the three and a half year period he served as an FBI informant. Helson testified that, at times, Danchenko was paid up to $3,000 by the FBI for conducting just one meeting,” according to Fox News.

“Helson testified that he put in a request for another $346,000 payment for Danchenko when he was closed as an FBI source, but said that request was rejected. If the final lump sum was approved, Danchenko would have been paid more than $500,000 by the FBI,” Fox News reported Thursday.

This decision by the FBI to pay Danchenko is an issue because the man’s a liar — one whose lies wound up making their way into the infamous Steele dossier.

“Danchenko was not some mysterious Russian agent operating in the bowels of the Kremlin. He is a Ukrainian-born resident of the United States who worked as a senior research analyst for the Washington, D.C. liberal think tank, Brookings Institution. When the dossier was concocted in 2016, the president of Brookings was Strobe Talbott, a longtime friend and ally of Hillary Clinton. This was hardly a coincidence,” according to a report from Fox News’s Gregg Jarrett.

“It was Clinton and her confederates who invented the Russia hoax to frame her opponent with the most noxious offense in America: a treasonous conspiracy with the Kremlin to steal a presidential election. The Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) financed their illicit scheme by secretly funneling money to Steele, who hired Danchenko as his primary source for the dossier,” Jarrett’s report continues.

After Danchenko filled Steele’s head with lies and fabrications, the FBI wound up essentially hiring him as an informant, at which point he proceeded to tell more lies. These lies were uncovered by special counsel John Durham, who indicted him last year over said lies.

“An analyst who was a primary source for a 2016 dossier of allegations against Donald Trump has been arrested on charges that he repeatedly lied to the FBI about where and how he got his information,” The Washington Post reported at the time of the indictment.

“A 2019 report by the Justice Department inspector general found major problems with the accuracy of Danchenko’s information. But the 39-page indictment unveiled Thursday paints a more detailed picture of claims that were allegedly built on exaggerations, rumors and outright lies.”

The Post added, “The indictment is likely to buttress Republican charges that Democrats and FBI agents intentionally or accidentally turned cheap partisan smears into a high-stakes national security investigation of a sitting president.”

And that was Bongino’s point: The agency is so corrupted that it’s opening investigations and submitting FISA warrants (including the one for Carter Page) based on lies told by men like Danchenko.

Correction: PAID men like Danchenko.

Which is why, according to Bongino, it’s time to do away with the corrupt, antiquated agency altogether …


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