The recent New York Times report showed that the FBI launched a probe into Donald Trump working for Russia with few solid reasons to do so, holds Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist. The Bureau was likely incensed by Trump firing James Comey, the former FBI director, and acted out of frustration, not duty. Still, much of the media believed this notion and validated the FBI’s baseless investigation. Perhaps its agents were unhappy with Trump’s foreign policy ideas, in particular promoting better relations with Russia, so it tried to undermine the US president. Firing Comey was well within Trump’s rights; he should not have been investigated for it.
The FBI had several reasons to believe that President Trump may have been colluding with Russia and was right to probe whether this was true, suggests Andrew Prokop of Vox. Key was the fact that Trump urged Rod Rosenstein to mention the Russia investigation in a letter recommending James Comey to be fired, and that Trump fired Comey because of this investigation. His behavior indicated that he was actively trying to subdue the probe into his alleged ties to Russia. Saying that firing the now-former FBI chief took off “great pressure” didn’t help Trump’s case. There were many good reasons for fearing that the president was working with Russia.