President Trump ordering that a report of the FBI's Russia investigation be released to the public is a dangerous move, asserts Jay Bookman of Politically Georgia. This risks setting a precedent for national investigations of a highly sensitive nature being released for partisan purposes. Under normal circumstances, this report would have not seen the light of day for another 50 years. Particularly unsetting is the fact that the report concerns Trump himself, as his campaign team has been accused of conspiring with Russia. This move could undermine national security by publishing key intelligence information that should remain secret.
Donald Trump is justified in demanding the release of FBI documents related to the Russia investigation, infers Gregg Jarrett of Fox News. The intelligence agency has a history of labelling its work highly sensitive even when that is not necessarily so. Past revelations of the wiretapping of Carter Page showed that the secrecy the FBI wanted was excessive. Similarly, the House Intelligence Committee’s memo concerning the Russia investigation didn’t reveal any details that would have harmed national security. The FBI appears to cover its own tracks whenever possible to avoid being held accountable for overreaches and mistakes.