One of the byproducts of the Russia collusion hoax is that people like me have lost a lot of faith in law enforcement. And that is saying a lot, considering that, to a fault, I find myself reflexively defending the cops.

But thanks to all of the leaks, lies and partisan score-settling coming from Jim Comey’s FBI, I can honestly say that I don’t trust them anymore.

In fact, I haven’t had this dim a view of the FBI since J. Edgar Hoover was trying on the new spring line of dresses at Bonwit Teller.

And I’m not alone. According to Pew Research, since early 2017, the share of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents with a positive view of the bureau has fallen 16 percentage points, from 65 to 49 percent.

In spite of this loss of trust, all the evidence suggests that they’ve learned absolutely nothing from their failed attempt to remove President Trump from office.

In fact, these same agencies are now playing dirty pool trying to sink Bernie Sanders’ campaign for the presidency.

One day before the Nevada Democratic caucus, someone leaked a story suggesting that Russia was interfering with the Democratic primary to help Sanders’ campaign.

Sanders said that law enforcement met with him a month before the story broke to tell him about their intel.

And just in case anyone cares, the “intelligence” info turned out to be wrong and was walked back almost immediately after Democrats finished voting in Nevada.

I feel like I’ve seen this movie before.  If you liked “50 Shades of the Steele Dossier,” you’ll love the sequel!

Adam Schiff is probably already building a case for the impeachment of President Bernie.

Granted, I can see why Russians who hate America would want Bernie to be president.  They’ve already lived through Communism.

From what I hear, the only contact Russia has recently had with Bernie is trying to get him to pay the hotel bill from his honeymoon in Moscow. Something about the mini-bar.

Enough is enough.

Somebody needs to tell them that FBI stands for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, not the Federal Bureau of Impeachment.

At this point I’m not worried about the Russians trying to influence our elections, I’m worried about Jim Comey’s pack of politically motivated jackals.

This mess needs to be cleaned up, and fast.

When local police departments are caught abusing their power, the feds step in and force them to enter into a consent decree.

Under these decrees, corruption is rooted out and reform is implemented.

Unfortunately, there’s not really a mechanism to do that with out-of-control federal agencies.

Which is why President Trump’s appointment of Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell as acting director of national intelligence was so necessary.

If you’ve been watching cable news the last few days, you’ve seen Grenell batted around by his critics for not having worked in the FBI or CIA before.

But these days, that should not be seen as a flaw, it should be seen as an attribute.

The culture at the top of these agencies is clearly toxic.  An outsider is exactly what the doctor ordered to come in with a mop and a bucket, and make those agencies respectable again.

I would note that the failure of these agencies to perform basic duties goes well beyond their political hatchet jobs against Trump and Sanders.  They’re also the same people who falsely told us that Iraq had stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction, that a movie caused our embassy in Benghazi to be attacked and that the Egyptian government was in no danger of falling.

Wrong, wrong, wrong.

I know Ric Grenell and have relied on him as a foreign policy analyst on my radio show.  He has nerves of steel and a rock-solid commitment to fairness and justice.

Dirty cops, beware.  There’s a new sheriff in town.

John Phillips can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. on “The John Phillips Show” on KABC/AM 790.