Top FBI official in L.A. silent about his and mom’s connection to Tom Girardi
Tom Girardi wasn’t the only former FBI agent involved in the Trump-Russia probe.
When it came to the FBI’s political investigation, the agency’s top officials in Los Angeles seemed unusually reluctant to share information.
Girardi’s mother, Margaret Girardi, was an FBI security agent from 1963 to 1964. Margaret Girardi had previously run the FBI’s Los Angeles office from 1952 to 1956, making her one of the bureau’s longest serving agents. She was the only woman to hold the post at the time.
But as Girardi became Trump’s personal lawyer and confidant, he became the FBI’s most important political asset.
The Trump-Russia scandal has embroiled President Donald Trump’s administration and FBI director James Comey, who’s been criticized for his handling of the probe. Comey’s actions, which have resulted in two televised accounts of classified information, have become a source of intense speculation among Trump supporters.
Girardi’s career with the bureau came to an abrupt end in 2008, when he was convicted on drug charges in a Los Angeles courtroom. Prosecutors said he had been involved in a cocaine possession ring that operated in the city. Girardi denied the charges.
After he dropped out of the Los Angeles College of Law in 2010, Girardi was hired by Christopher Hasson, a prominent GOP lawyer in Los Angeles.
During the 2014 campaign, Girardi worked for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on an issue to benefit his friend, the GOP presidential nominee, whom Girardi had befriended on a vacation in Arizona. (McCain was not present, but Girardi communicated with him by email and phone.)
When Girardi left the McCain campaign in 2014, McCain and other GOP leaders called him a “volunteer” who was not to be considered for a Cabinet-level position.
But Girardi was not always seen as an upstanding person.
In the early 1990s, Girardi had been