The way the GOP and right-wing news outlets have gone about attacking the FBI over its Russian collusion investigation misinterprets information to create a false narrative, suggests Jonathan Chait of New York Magazine. Republicans in Congress leaked bits and pieces of information selectively, resulting in them being taken out of context and fueling conspiracy theories among conservatives. The two FBI agents whose text messages have been used as evidence, were not colluding against Trump or in favor of Hillary Clinton. Right-wing news outlets have used this misinformation to undermine the FBI and its investigation.
The way the FBI used and then hid unverified information to justify its spying on US citizens is somewhat questionable, writes Sharyl Attkisson in The Hill. The ‘Trump dossier’ was presented to a secret court as solid enough evidence to go through with this surveillance. In retrospect this should not have happened to easily. The FBI’s blocking information about its activity getting out doesn’t help its cause. The Department of Justice discouraged the release memo that would shed more light on this situation. It appears that the FBI is preventing all the details about this case coming out, when that is needed to fully understand what happened.