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July 4, 2015

FBI Agent ‘Severely Disciplined’ for Misconduct in Ted Stevens Case, Director Says

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Pgoto)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

FBI Director James Comey told a Senate subcommittee Thursday that an agent faced discipline for conduct related to the investigation of late Sen. Ted Stevens.

Comey was ready for a line of questioning from Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski about the FBI’s conduct in the probe of her former Alaska colleague. Murkowski asked for an update from 2012 on allegations made by FBI whistleblower Special Agent Chad Joy about inappropriate conduct by a fellow agent.

“I did learn about this in the last week and get briefed in detail. The Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) inside FBI did investigate in response and identified an agent who had engaged in improper conduct there, and the agent was severely disciplined,” Comey said. “The discipline has been imposed.”

Comey was sworn-in as FBI director last September, succeeding longtime director Robert S. Mueller. Mueller previously faced questioning at the Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce-Justice-Science about the Stevens case from both Murkowski and then-Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas.

While Comey did not identify the agent disciplined by name, details of Joy’s complaint went public in 2009. Joy made a series of allegations of impropriety against FBI Special Agent Mary Beth Kepner, outlined in a report from the Anchorage Daily News.

Comey told Murkowski that he would look into reaching out to Joy, and that his law enforcement agency’s response went beyond dealing with the individuals involved.

“On top of that, we pushed out refresher training to the entire workforce, especially about our discovery obligations and how we expect them to conduct themselves during those investigations. So, both broad remedial work was done, and individual discipline was imposed for the agent involved,” he said.

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  1. Hail_to_the_victors

    March 27, 2014
    1:41 p.m.

    This is what is wrong with the federal government . This agent should have been fired. Instead he or she gets a slap on the hand and then it is business as usual. It is a god damned disgrace what this government has become. And it now poses a very real threat to our safety and freedom.

    • richb313

      March 28, 2014
      7:47 a.m.

      I agree but firing is not enough. Any person engaged in any law enforcement activity who improperly and deliberately uses that position to impact another person should be held civilly and criminally liable for that conduct. The immunity given law enforcement should end once this threshold is crossed and examples need to be made.

      • Hail_to_the_victors

        March 28, 2014
        8:42 a.m.

        I tend to agree with your recommendation, but I am concerned about the slippery slope it may create. Nevertheless I would support a vigorous political debate regarding your proposal.

    • KountvonNumbacrunch

      March 28, 2014
      12:05 p.m.

      I doubt there were any hands slapped. Note the agent and what happened to him/her are secrets the spymaster keeps from everyone else. The got the Senator out of the way and the Dems got their Senate majority and passed Obamacare. Mission accomplished.

  2. ian807

    March 27, 2014
    1:57 p.m.

    Because a congressmen was involved, this actually got noticed, meanwhile local police are busting ordinarly citizens with no evidence other than an officer’s impression ( No evidence required, ThankYouVeryMuch. And how long will it be until just an FBI agent’s *impression* will be enough to arrest and convict a congressman? But that’s crazy talk, like the NSA bugging congress, or other world leaders.

    No, wait….

  3. teapartydoc

    March 28, 2014
    8:31 a.m.

    So the pig who gave us Obamacare isn’t being skinned alive in the Circus Maximus? I demand my right to witness the proper punishment.

  4. FrancisChalk

    March 28, 2014
    9:26 a.m.

    This agent is now financially secure beyond belief. Soros and the massive network of leftist/socialist money men have deposited a huge sum in a foreign account for this FBI operative. Any, so-called, FBI discipline is laughable to this guy.

    • Norma Munn

      March 28, 2014
      10:56 a.m.

      And you know this how?

  5. Bob Marley

    March 28, 2014
    10:05 a.m.

    Prison for the individual and a loss of the privilege for Democrats to run for that specific seat for 20 years for abetting this crime.

  6. SClanding

    March 28, 2014
    10:09 a.m.

    Can’t release the criminal’s name because most likely the horrible punishment for the targeting of Ted Cruz in order to pass the horrid Obamacare boondoggle was a promotion to the IRS’s TOPO task force for the 2012 election.

    It is becoming obvious that the Democrat Party is ripe for a RICO conviction for conspiracy, fraud and criminal activity.

    Info: TOPO = Target Obama’s Political Opponents task force.

  7. DavidKramer

    March 28, 2014
    10:52 a.m.

    Let me interpret, severely disciplined aka promoted.

    • Andre Leonard

      March 28, 2014
      11:14 a.m.


  8. Alice Boxstrom

    March 30, 2014
    2:35 p.m.

    Those who oppose the spontaneous nature of liberty and prosperity attempt to discredit cultural evolution because it conflicts with their fatally conceited confidence in mankind’s limited intellect.

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