Republicans’ criticism of Robert Mueller’s investigation is based on twisted facts and a desire to make Americans mistrust any allegations the FBI makes against President Trump, writes The Economist. There were factors beyond the Steele dossier that started the Russia probe, such as the accusations against George Papadopoulos, who has admitted to lying to investigators. Christopher Steele's supposed ‘anti-Trump’ bias came from his recognition of Trump’s proximity to Russia. The Nunes memo is a partisan effort to mislead Americans. The GOP is doing what it can to make them distrust law enforcement, which will hurt the whole country.
Republicans are right to criticize this highly worrying Russian probe. The FBI’s surveillance of US citizens during the Russia investigation was justified with Intel that is now known to be questionable and financed by Hillary Clinton’s campaign, asserts Rachel Stoltzfoos of The Federalist. Christopher Steele, who may have lied to the FBI several times, compiled his dossier with direct input from Clinton allies. The FBI hid these and other flaws, such as Steele being 'desperate' to stop Trump, from the court that approved its probe. An investigation that should have been impartial was corrupted with unproven and partisan-funded intel.