Recently resigned FBI Director Louis Freeh “is a criminal” who has committed “acts of gross negligence” and “recklessness” during his eight years as head of the agency, according to Larry Klayman, chairman and general counsel of Judicial Watch, a public interest group.

The actions of the FBI in recent years have also called into question the justifiability of the death penalty, Klayman charges. Referring to the five-month delay between the recovery of the McVeigh files and their release to the court, Klayman asserted, “when the government starts playing games like this, one has to start questioning … the death penalty. What about a similar situation,” he asked, “with an honest individual where evidence is being held back?”

Klayman’s statements were made during Saturday’s Judicial Watch radio broadcast.

Klayman participated in a panel discussion on Freeh and the recent appearance of more than 3,000 pages of evidence pertinent to the Timothy McVeigh Oklahoma City bombing investigation.

Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, and Jane Chastain, WorldNetDaily columnist and talk show host, joined Klayman. David Limbaugh, best-selling author of “Absolute Power,” also appeared on an interview segment.

Klayman condemned the FBI’s mishandling of the errant files; the agency took months to release the documents to both the defense and prosecution in the McVeigh case. Reports state that the files, made public May 10, had been rediscovered as early as December 2000.

“There’s no way accidents like this happen,” Klayman asserted, describing as “completely despicable” Freeh’s May 1 announcement of his resignation as head of the FBI without informing President Bush of the existence of the still-undisclosed McVeigh files.

The way Freeh “sits on things and lies to the president of the United States by not bringing it to his attention is, in my view, criminal,” Klayman stated.

Referring to the newly released McVeigh files, Bush stated that “the subject never came up” during the meeting at which Freeh announced his resignation as FBI Director.

“Why did it take the FBI five months to alert the court … that the documents existed?” Fitton demanded.

Limbaugh shed further light on the FBI’s activities surrounding the siege of the Branch Davidian sect in 1993, which cost the deaths of 80 men, women and children.

According to Limbaugh, Davidian leader David Koresh had already claimed a “divine direction to come out” before the attack on the sect’s compound. The FBI, however, informed then-Attorney General Janet Reno that Koresh refused to surrender, said Limbaugh, which then led to the catastrophic attack on the Branch Davidians.

Limbaugh added that Reno, who had originally accepted responsibility for the ensuing tragedy, later retracted her statement, and has recently denied that she was misinformed by the FBI.

Referring to Reno’s statements regarding her participation in the attack, Limbaugh questioned whether she “didn’t care,” was “complicit” in the tragedy, or is a “complete imbecile.”

Chastain, who lived in Florida for nine years, commented on Reno’s earlier record in the role of chief prosecutor in Dade County, Fla., as “deplorable,” and that she had a reputation of permitting “serious offenders to cop a plea and get off the hook.”

During her time as prosecutor in Florida, Reno’s record was “next to last of the worst” of all Florida prosecutors, Chastain added — “and they make her the nation’s top cop.”

Note: Read our discussion guidelines before commenting.