It looks like the FBI did request physical access. However, Comey also testified that what they were given was appropriate and that sounds about right to me. Malware is software, (a) residing on disk, (b) in memory, and (c) often using network I/O (we're told this "Cozy Bear" aka "APT29" malware was sending stolen data somewhere). It is a fact that CrowdStrike gave the FBI disk and memory images (a & b) and network logs (c). That is good enough. As for the claim "they accepted a report from Crowdstrike as a substitute for their own forensics", that's wrong. I think you're conflating "forensics" with "report" or "analysis." So you'd have us believe CrowdStrike (and multiple other companies) fabricated a bunch of computer forensics and no one ever noticed, despite so many people being involved and re-analyzing their data. Or, more likely, you'd have us believe these companies and the FBI and the rest of the IC and even many of Trump's allies in Congress (who've seen all the classified evidence) are all in cahoots to bring him down. And the FBI even began preparing for this coup in 2014 (Paul Manafort starts being investigated) and 2015 (FBI learns the DNC has been hacked, long before Trump becomes the nominee). Not buying it. I think you're making a mountain out of a molehill and letting Trump lead us down rabbit holes that don't matter. Well, you did not remember correctly, if we're talking about the same batch of indictments. You can read it yourself. IRA is never even mentioned. But lots of evidence Russia hacked the DNC is. A lot of speculation that's getting away from the main point here: Trump has been making bizarre and farfetched claims about "the DNC server" (again, there was no singular DNC server and it makes no sense that it would be in Ukraine or Ukraine would have anything to do with it) and trying to base US foreign policy on his beliefs about this server (beliefs most of his own people have been telling him are bs). And the Biden nonsense, of course. But that's the WH for you when we elect the dude who cut his teeth on birtherism. Somewhat true, somewhat false. The investigation was as much about Russia as it was about Trump. He gave the media ammo by making the investigation all about himself because... he's a childish narcissist who makes everything about himself.