At the FBI, Great Power And Scandal Tend To Go Hand In Hand

An FBI historian tells stories from the agency’s ups and downs over 109 years—including four dismissed directors

Drama at the FBI is nothing new. Given its 109-year history, the FBI has seen many scandals and numerous directors come and go.

Its directors, in fact, have always been the face and driving force of the FBI. Most have retired or moved on to other work, four were forced to offer resignations, but only two, including most recently James Comey, have been fired outright.

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