The Role Of The FBI

1236 WordsNov 20, 20175 Pages
The FBI is one of the most well known names in Law Enforcement not only in the U.S. but also around the world. As the U.S.’s forefront federal Law Enforcement Agency, the FBI today is expansive and diverse in it jurisdiction, its responsibilities, and its personnel. As the principle investigation agency under the U.S. Department of Justice, the Bureau’s investigative jurisdiction is the most expansive of the 32 federal law enforcement agencies in the country. The Bureau is both an investigative, law enforcement based organization as well as an intelligence agency tasked with American national security. What was once a small task force of agents based in Washington DC investigation has expanded beyond a headquarters in Washington DC to…show more content…
The Bureau's legal authority comes from many statutes but primarily Title 28 U.S. Code § 533 which authorizes the U.S. Attorney General to appoint officials to detect and prosecute crimes against the U.S. (aka federal crimes). Title 18 U.S. Code § 3107 authorizes FBI agents to make seizures under warrants and Title 18 U.S. Code § 3052 authorizes FBI agents to carry firearms. Over the years the FBI’s authority has evolved as the nature and legal definition of federal crimes has evolved. As well, the Bureau’s authority as related to national security matters has been expanded as Congress approved statues to that effect. Due to the scope and reach of the FBI, it has be and the center of many historic issues (as seen below), the FBI is currently facing public challenges regarding its balance between being an impartial legal based agency as well as being an agency under the authority of the Executive branch. This is in result of the ongoing Special Counsel investigation that the FBI is assisting regarding Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election and any alleged connection with President Trump’s campaign. FBI Budget The FBI, like all other federally funded agencies, has to provide a budget request each fiscal year to Congress and justify that budget before the House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on
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