One persistent critique of Republicans holds that they are hypervigilant about protecting the powerful, yet blind or unresponsive to injustices suffered by most Americans. At times, the critique is unfair; but it does describe the GOP’s posture toward Donald Trump versus most everyone else who deals with the FBI or U.S. intelligence.
President Trump gets the benefit of hyper-vigilance.
In the telling of politicians like Representative Devin Nunes and commentators like Sean Hannity (who marshal more outrage and obfuscation than evidence for their claims), the Trump campaign was subjected to improper government surveillance. They attribute the impropriety to FBI agents who allowed their political views to color their actions; to warrant applications that misled the FISA court; and FISA judges who failed to perceive and prevent those abuses.
If all that were true I would not object to their complaints.
As Julian Sanchez points out at the Washington Post, the dubiousness of Nunes’s statements on this matter don’t necessarily warrant the conclusion that the FBI was beyond reproach in its approach to getting a FISA warrant.
And as Mollie Hemingway said on Fox News, “This is fundamental to our idea of what it is to be American, the federal government cannot deprive you of life, liberty, property; it can't arrest you or spy on you without a really good reason. If the civil rights and civil liberties of Carter Page can be violated, it can be done to anyone. That is why it is very important that we can trust these courts, particularly if the target of the investigation doesn't get the chance to plead his own case, so we rely on the government to provide all the information that is key.”