A recent interview confirms that officials as the FBI attempted to have President Trump removed based on alleged disability under the 25th Amendment:
Andrew McCabe, the former deputy director and former acting director of the FBI, told CBS’s 60 Minutes that meetings were held at the Department of Justice to discuss invoking the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office.
The recent revelations are hardly unexpected. Earlier report show a pattern of similar behavior by unelected officials at the FBI and other agencies. For example, Trump was ridiculed when he claimed that his communications were being monitored, but reports later confirmed this to be correct:
"I think the president is absolutely right. His phone calls, everything he did electronically, was being monitored," Bill Binney, a 36-year veteran of the National Security Agency who resigned in protest from the organization in 2001, told Fox Business on Monday. Everyone’s conversations are being monitored and stored, Binney said.
The FBI apparently planted a spy in the Trump campaign with the help of British intelligence:
A Cambridge professor with deep ties to American and British intelligence has been outed as an agent who snooped on the Trump presidential campaign for the FBI . . .(https://nypost.com/2018/05/18/trump-accuses-feds-of-planting-spy-in-his-campaign/).
Evidence is that information collected by intelligence agencies was relayed to the Obama administration for political purposes:
We have found evidence that current and former government officials had easy access to U.S. person information and that it is possible that they used this information to achieve partisan political purposes, including the selective, anonymous leaking of such information,” Nunes wrote in the letter to Coats
For reference here is one of the articles of impeachment against Richard Nixon:
He misused the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Secret Service, and other executive personnel, in violation or disregard of the constitutional rights of citizens, by directing or authorizing such agencies or personnel to conduct or continue electronic surveillance or other investigations for purposes unrelated to national security, the enforcement of laws, or any other lawful function of his office . . .
Clear evidence is that surveillance information has been used for political purposes that go far resource that go far beyond what was even technically feasible in during the Nixon administration.
Is that a good thing?
Should government surveillance agencies (both domestic and foreign) play an active role in US politics?
If so should there be a formal process that presidential candidate receive a blessing of the state security apparatus before they are allowed on the ballot?
Or should US politics be free from interference from intelligence agencies, and intelligence agencies should respect the authority of the president other elected officials?