The first argument I keep hearing on this forum is this: The Durham report proves that Trump should never have been investigated. This is silly for a few reasons. 1. The Durham report, though it agrees with that premise, Durham’s findings that the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign should not have happened are at odds with a previous Justice Department inspector general investigation into the FBI’s Russia probe, which identified problems with the investigation but concluded in December 2019 there was sufficient justification to open the inquiry. So, one guy says yes, the other no. I've reviewed considerable data on this and I find the idea that the FBI shouldn't have investigated Trump as a moot point given that this man is so full of lies, deception, and suspicious activity and is currently being investigated on a number of fronts, why should anyone lose sleep over whether or not the FBI should have or shouldn't have investigated Trump? This is why, to me, that argument is silly. Moreover,what's up with the right's hatred of the FBI? They used to be law and order people and loved the FBI. Now they hate them? And how can we impugn the integrity of the 30,000 dedicated men and women who fight the good fight, put bad guys in jail, but for a few who messed up during the FISA thing? The right has really lost their perspective on this and have gone full on partisan hack on it. Moving on..... 2. Rod Rosenstein, who was the Deputy Attorney General of the United States at the time, appointed Robert Mueller as Special Counsel in May 2017. This appointment was made in the wake of President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey. Comey had been leading an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election and potential links between Russia and the Trump campaign. Note that Rosenstein was appointed by Trump, Comey appointed by Bush (as Dep. AG, Obama appointed him to Dir FBI. However, but for the Bush appointment, Comey would never have been appointed by Obama), and Mueller was appointed by Rosenstein, and that each and every one of these individuals (Rosenstein, Comey, and Mueller) are REPUBLICANS. So this idea it's some kind of 'Clinton thing' is not supported by the facts. Moreover, it is very clear there is AMPLE reasons for the investigation, arising from the fact that Trump's contacts with Russia, well, it's like Russians are every where, from the time that Flynn met with the Russians to assuage their fears of sanctions, to the many contacts made up to and throughout the investigation. Rosenstein was overseeing the investigation due to Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recusal because of his own contacts with Russian officials during the 2016 campaign. Rosenstein appointed Mueller to ensure a thorough and independent investigation into these matters. He said at the time of Mueller's appointment, "I determined that it is in the public interest for me to exercise my authorities and appoint a Special Counsel to assume responsibility for this matter." Mueller, a former Director of the FBI, had a reputation for integrity and independence. His appointment as Special Counsel was seen as a way to ensure the investigation would proceed without political interference. The entire issue Trump had was that it was a blow to his fragile ego. IF he were a statesmen, a man of gravitas and integrity, knowing that an investigation would clear the air and prove his innocence, he would have welcomed it. But Trump, being a man who lacks wisdom, his fragile ego couldn't stand the idea of being investigated, and he also couldn't stand the idea that Russians interfered in the election, because if that were true, it would mean that his election wasn't legitimate. He tried to stop the investigation into Russian meddling at every turn, doing the nation a grave disservice. But the really silly point is that the right is arguing that Trump shouldn't have been investigated. However, as stated above, though for other reasons, Trump is being investigated for crimes, the point being that if there were ever a man who needed to be investigated, it is Trump, the guy oozes with slime, so this idea that an over zealous FBI shouldn't have investigated Trump, to me, is like, BFD, he's being investigated on so many fronts, what's the big saving grace that he shouldn't have been investigated by the FBI? It's kind of moot point, now. so, Its silly. The second silly argument I keep hearing is that The FBI was manipulated by Clinton, and was in cahoots with her. Uh, no, for one thing......... https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/18/opinion/trump-fbi-conservative.htm Historically, though, the F.B.I. has been arguably the most culturally conservative and traditionally white Christian institution in the entire U.S. government. https://www.washingtonpost.com/made-by-history/2023/02/23/fbi-conservative-christian-hoover/ House Republicans have empaneled a Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government to investigate the widespread belief on the right that the FBI and other agencies are attempting to “purge conservative views.” A recently leaked memo even fueled concern that this campaign includes investigating Catholic conservatives for their beliefs. More than 20 state attorneys general and a host of Republican officials have called for an investigation of the Bureau’s bias, “woke” culture and “religious persecution,” and even to defund the FBI. There is just one problem with the fury and demands for action: If the FBI suffers from bias against a political side, it’s the left. In fact, the Bureau’s history reveals that it has long had a conservative Christian preference in its hiring practices, culture and investigative priorities. While there have been some steps taken to address the Bureau’s bias, its fundamental culture remains in place — underscoring that the right’s claims are simply divorced from the reality of the Bureau. This idea that the most conservative christian agency in the US government is in cahoots with a Democrat is absurd on it's face, and defies logic. Repubs, y'all need to stop with the silliness, you're embarrassing yourselves.