We had a major political party nominee for president under criminal investigation; our boss — the attorney general (Loretta Lynch) — meeting privately on an airplane with the spouse (Bill Clinton) of the subject of an investigation (Hillary Clinton); an FBI Director stepping outside the DOJ chain of command to publicly announce the conclusions of an investigation, and then later reopen and then again close the case days before the election. Amid all this, we had two FBI officials (Lisa Page and Peter Strzok) engaged in an extramarital affair exchanging politically charged text messages that damaged the agency’s reputation, and a deputy director (Andrew McCabe) who would later be terminated for lying.

On top of all of this, we were in the middle of one of the most contentious and polarizing election cycles in modern history, with a soon-to-be victor whose campaign would become the subject of a counterintelligence investigation, and who would embark on a campaign to destroy the reputation of America’s premier law enforcement agency in order to undermine the credibility of any eventual investigative findings.

Talk about a 500-year flood.