No, I am not accusing the FBI of being the equivalent of the Nazi Gestapo. However, they have been used by ideologues within some Administrations to help manipulate or, at least, trip up political opposition. It’s a taint on an otherwise proud tradition dating back to J. Edgar Hoover who maintained secret files on elected officials and prominent Americans, and used blackmail to “get his way” with them. Some argue that Hoover was doing what was best for the nation. Others argue that he was doing what was best for Hoover.