Why, unless redactions edited, was this even classified? How does this de-legitimize Mueller’s investigation which will be fact and evidence based? There is nothing in the memo that reveals sources or methods already not known or knowable. Is does answer some of the questions but it is not about the mechanics of the process but the input.
It is also not about whether there were legitimate reasons, at some point, to investigate or look at individuals and unsavory characters, and there are plenty of all. Trump business associates were neither saints nor secretly tucked away when he was elected beyond dreams or nightmares.
Politics is politics and there are philosophical differences and historical mistrusts fueled by a politically motivated game of smearing, questioning a presidents’ motives and even sanity. There are past instances of intelligence officials engaging in that behavior.
In that context, the core complaint, triggered by high profile and impact nature of what is at stake, is about official behavior gaming the inputs: I do it — whatever I want to do — (malfeasance, misfeasance, nonfeasance) because I could (potentially) legally claim the results would have been the same knowing it will look legitimate and no one will have the ability to question it anyways.
Essentially, it is not even parallel construction but setting up for parallel construction and reverse targeting.
“Catch me if you can prove” it is expected from criminals and not officials in positions of power with prima-facie legitimate claims to secrecy. People are not held accountable if facts and circumstances do not see the light of day. It is, on the least, an abuse of the rule of law. What results is always much worse.
That is the beef — or some of it.
The memo accused senior officials at the F.B.I. and Justice Department of bias in the early stages of the Russia investigation.
Source: House Republicans Release Secret Memo Accusing Russia Investigators of Bias