I say this with great respect for the institution that the Federal Bureau of Investigations has been while under legitimate leadership. I say this as a friend to four members of the FBI or retired from the FBI, ATF, or DEA, each one who I also respect greatly.

I am underwhelmed at the sense of duty and of patriotism that appears to have been abandoned during the Russian collusion investigation, targeting the Trump campaign.

Quite frankly, where are your spines, ladies and gentlemen? Quite a few of you have had to have determined on your own that the warrants, wiretaps, and surveillance were bogus and unconstitutional before the books were closed. In fact, if anyone assisted Russia in meddling with the 2016 elections, it might have been the very same FBI.

I am convinced that the FBI director of the time, James Comey, intentionally deceived the FISC Court with bogus warrant applications and omitted information in order to get his desired result.

Comey and others in the FBI relied solely on the Steele Dossier while simultaneously knowing that it was not credible; most relevant parts proven to be bogus and had no place as an article of evidence. Even Christopher Steele refused to testify under oath as to its contents.

For those who intentionally and knowingly reinforced the illegal ploy, I eagerly await the news of your prosecutions, but for those who didn't know right away but eventually did, know that you've disgraced yourselves and the Bureau by not stepping forward and defending justice.

You have left the nation divided, confused, and created a vacuum of confidence in the Bureau. How dare you? How could you allow a plot like this to continue without going to the press, to the president-elect, or alerted the nation in some credible way?

The Bureau has provided evidence for prosecutors who have sent many to prison for failing to act based on fear or loyalties to the guilty party, resulting in crime. Can you possibly justify cowering to the orchestrators of usurping treason and still proudly hold your badges?

It is an ugly age of politics in Washington. There can be no denying this. It appears clear to me that President Obama's administration abused powers that pale what Nixon did with regards to Watergate. Nixon's offenses compared to this would be like driving your car five MPH over the speed limit on the freeway.

No matter how you may align yourself in politics, we all share a process by which our leaders are chosen. We have all lamented over losing here or there. We all know in our soul that abusing power or abusing rights to reverse or alter the outcome should be met with devastating consequences.

Just a reminder: the FBI's motto is "Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity."

Ken Pittman is the host of The Ken Pittman Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Contact him at ken.pittman@townsquaremedia.com. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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