Opinion | James Comey: Every Jan. 6 case matters


We are a nation of laws, and the FBI is an organization dedicated to the rule of law. All of you learned that at Quantico and took an oath to support and defend the Constitution. You also know the country you are charged with protecting is often a messy place. We have always had divisive politics in the United States, going back to when Jefferson and Hamilton started savaging each other during the Washington administration.

But despite all the division, passion and anger, we have never had something like Jan. 6. We have never had a circumstance where Americans decided it was okay to physically interfere with the election procedures set out in our Constitution and laws. It can’t ever happen again. Among the great things about being in the FBI is that you have a role to play in ensuring it doesn’t.

And this isn’t about your politics or what news…

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