I listened to an NPR podcast this morning featuring the authors of a book about Whitey Bulger. The name of the book is "Whitey Bulger: America's Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice," written by Boston Globe reporters Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy. Download the MP3 here.
According to the authors' account, John Conley was the FBI agent who was Bulger's closest FBI contact and to whom Bulger parlayed information about other gangsters for a get-out-of-jail pass for crimes involving his own criminal enterprise. When the excrement hit the fan, Conley was the fall guy, and he went to prison. But according to the authors, many others in the FBI had to know about it and concur with it for it to have continued so long.
Trey Gowdy is right to get animated about the FBI's lenience to Hillary Clinton. But he says that is not the FBI he knows. Maybe the office he worked with was on the up and up. But he should listen to that podcast just so he can hear of at least one other instance in which the FBI opted for expediency over enforcement.