Democrats are right. The validity of the 2016 presidential contest is in question. Until we get to the bottom of what the FBI was up to during the election, questions about it will fester and further degrade trust in the institution.
The notion peddled by Democrats over the past few days, that releasing House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes’s memo would irreparably damage national security, has been proven absurd. There’s no reason the public shouldn’t have an accounting of what went on. And there’s no reason an investigation into the FBI’s actions should undermine Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian collusion — or whatever he’s looking into at this point (even if this is the purpose of some GOP partisans). It might even insulate it.
I’m not a fan of special investigators, as they’re often imbued with wide-ranging powers they don’t deserve, but there are a number of reasons both sides could support such a move. In the long run, a narrow, independent inquiry into the FBI and potential FISA abuse might even marginally de-politicize the fiasco, by either ferreting out abuse or clearing the FBI’s leadership.