In calling for an investigation into the FBI’s probe of alleged collusion with Russia, President Trump is breaking with presidential norms of letting the Justice Department work independently, so as to keep partisanship out of law enforcement, suggests Paul Callan of CNN. While legal, Trump taking this decision is part of a long-standing effort to undermine the FBI and Robert Mueller. On social media, the president has made more than clear his disdain for the investigation into ties with Russia and the people leading the inquiry. This development could even be seen as another attempt to block the progress of Mueller’s investigation.
President Trump is correct in calling for an investigation into the potentially questionable surveillance that law enforcement officials engaged in when looking into alleged ties with Russia, holds Andrew C. McCarthy of National Review. The knee-jerk reaction to criticize this decision is wrong. The Justice Department ultimately answers to the president, who is warranted in ensuring that it didn’t break any rules. Given the credible threat of misconduct by law enforcement officials, Trump calling for this investigation is justified. This path will ensure that the truth can emerge over whether Justice department agents were acting correctly.