While the head of the FBI agents union said the bureau remains “not political in any way,” he slammed the ongoing government shutdown, calling it “utterly disgusting” that agents are being made to rely on free food in the office in order to eat while they go unpaid.
“I met two very good friends in the office this morning before coming over here, two people I highly respect and they thanked us for having the food in the office because it really helps,” the FBI Agents Association President Tom O’Connor told CNN’s “New Day” on Wednesday morning. “That’s utterly disgusting that the FBI is in a position to have this happen. … We shouldn’t have to take care of each other because we’re working, we should be getting paid.”
He went on to say that the agency should be fully funded so that agents “have the tools to do our job and open the government. It is not a political statement, it’s a fact.”
The federal government has been partially shutdown for more than a month as the impasse over funding for President Trump’s border wall rages on.
FBI Agents Association president Tom O’Connor discusses a report from agents that a lack of funding during the shutdown is hurting their operations and says it’s “utterly disgusting” that some are depending on food in the office while they are unpaid. https://t.co/4VSEsTmen9 pic.twitter.com/gn3GQKVXQ3
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