Saturday, April 06, 2019 1:00 am
Exoneration, secrecy an odd combination
This is a response to Russ Kirby's attempt to shame the media for jumping to conclusions prematurely as to the context of the Mueller report (Letters, April 2). Perhaps Kirby makes an excellent point, though it is lost amid the conclusions to which he jumps without having seen the report.
If the report is so exculpatory for President Donald Trump, if it vindicates him and shames his rivals as the president and so many of his supporters claim, why won't the president's attorney general let the public see it?
I guess nothing says “I have nothing to hide” like “you can't see what the investigation discovered.”
America is owed all of Mueller's findings
Total exoneration is what President Donald Trump has proclaimed in the wake of a statement issued on behalf of his administration by Attorney General William Barr in the matter of the Mueller probe. In fact, in typical fashion of this president, and before that as candidate Trump and throughout his long business career, total hyperbole is what the American public has been subjected to by the occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
An opinion-laced summary has been provided in four short pages, portending to be the unquestioned and unrivaled response to a 22-month long, professionally conducted investigation. Like the president for whom it was proffered to defend, it stands as both an affront to our system of justice and an insult to the intelligence and wisdom of the American people.
We are owed a complete accounting of the Robert Mueller investigation and Congress, with its constitutionally mandated oversight authority, has every right to expect both a great deal of cooperation and transparency from the president and his staff, including Barr.
Optimism may be hoped for, but cynical reality suggests that a president who has derided our institutions of justice time and time again over the course of the Mueller investigation points to potential for a brewing political and legal battle between this administration and Congress with the courts driven to be arbiter.
What is greatly needed to restore faith in our institutions, and ultimately to place faith in the men and women who lead them in Washington, is for honesty and integrity to stand strongly as the hallmarks of leadership. Mueller has held up his end on this quest, now it is Trump's turn and that of congressional leaders such as Judiciary Committee chairmen, Jerald Nadler and Lindsey Graham of the House and Senate, in the months ahead to complete the work whose foundation special counsel Mueller has laid.
Lunch patron planning to return the favor
A heartfelt thank you to the person who bought my lunch at Rich's in Waynedale on March 30. I shall pay it forward.
Letters related to the May 7 primary election must be received by noon on April 29 to be considered for publication.