A former FBI agent battling Deputy Director McCabe said there is a ‘cancer’ inside the FBI
Former FBI Supervisory Agent Robyn Gritz remembers grueling days and long nights tracking terrorists, terror networks and searching for American hostages taken by enemy actors. Her 16-year career resume reads like a Tom Clancy spy novel, with the twist that it’s a female FBI agent taking the lead in some of America’s most public terrorism and national security cases.
But Gritz, who long considered the people she worked with family, said her life was turned upside down by senior FBI management when she moved up the ranks in the bureau. She was one of the bureau’s top intelligence analysts and terrorism experts but found herself in the crosshairs with some of the bureau’s top officials. One of those officials is current Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who served as acting FBI Director until he was replaced in July after the confirmation of Christopher Wray.
Five years later Gritz is still waiting for resolution.
In her first on-camera interview about her situation, she described relentless retaliation from her supervisors and alleges the last year of her employment left her physically ill.
In her formal complaint filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission she alleges the “defamation of character through continued targeting by Andrew McCabe in official documents, and continuous patterns and instances of severe and excessive hostile behavior/attitude toward complainant.”
Neither the FBI or McCabe would comment for this story.
She was a rising star
Gritz, who joined the FBI in 1997, isn’t a household name but many of the cases she worked on were well known, like the kidnapping and death of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl and Robert Levinson, who went missing in Iran.
Early in her career and only days after the September 11 attacks, she was assigned with the task of investigating the terrorists who crashed American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon. She was also part of the team investigating the 2001 Anthrax case. From 2009 to 2012 she was the Executive Strategy Unit chief for the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate.
Gritz worked her way to becoming one of the top counterterrorism agents in the bureau and was detailed to the CIA, where she was given commendations.
Documents obtained by Circa support Gritz’s claim of her outstanding work performance reviews, letters of commendation and awards for service.
“There’s a cancer there”
…One of her biggest supporters was President Trump’s former national security adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who then was head of the Defense Intelligence Agency and offered to testify on Gritz behalf, as first reported by Circa.
Early this year, a highly classified leak revealing Flynn’s name and an apparent conversation with the former Russian ambassador prompted his removal from the White House and part of the FBI’s investigation into Russia. McCabe played a central role in the Russia investigation.
In June, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Charles Grassley, sent a letter after to the Justice Department raising questions regarding possible conflicts of interest with McCabe and the FBI’s investigation into Flynn.
“When I heard Michael Flynn was being brought under investigation, I wondered if they would go after him,” said Gritz, recalling the letter Flynn wrote on his Department of Defense stationary. “I still believe McCabe should have recused himself from the investigation into Flynn.”
But Flynn wasn’t her only supporter. Other top military officials also testified on behalf of Gritz, including Gen. Stanley McChrystal, Gen. Keith Alexander and retired Navy Rear Admiral B. L. Losey, who served both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama as the White House’s National Security Council Director for Combatting Terrorism. They all wrote letters on her behalf.
…There is also an ongoing Justice Department Inspector General investigation that was prompted by Grassley, who alleged McCabe may not have properly disclosed the roughly $700,000 in campaign contributions to his Democratic wife on his ethics report and should recuse himself from the Clinton server case.
Gritz is hoping she will have resolution on her case soon but more importantly she said “I just want the bureau to get back to where it should be.”
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