Letters to the Editor

Letter to the editor: Russia probe needed

March 16, 2017


To the editor:

The ongoing revelations about connections between Russian officials and the Trump campaign are profoundly disturbing. Russian intrusion into our election, and the apparent ongoing Russian influence on our foreign policy, are violations of our country’s sovereignty. This should not be a partisan issue.

The United States needs an independent commission, much like the 9/11 commission, to investigate connections and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. It must be truly independent, bipartisan, with wide subpoena and investigatory powers. We cannot allow this existential threat to our democratic institutions to be whitewashed by a surface-level investigation. The Republican leadership of the House Intelligence Committee does not seem eager to scrutinize these matters closely.

The number of Trump officials who communicated with the Russian ambassador and Russian intelligence during the campaign is alarming, as is the fact that at least two of them, Mike Flynn and Jeff Sessions, have seen fit to lie about it. What do they have to hide? We must find out; Republican leaders in Congress must put country over party.

Rep. Jenkins, Sen. Roberts and Sen. Moran have not called for an independent commission to investigate ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. They must do so immediately. Our country’s sovereignty and democratic institutions are at stake.


Ken Lassman 1 year, 2 months ago

Well, it looks like we're settling down to mere meddling. Compare the charges against Obama with our history of overtly overthrowing democratically elected leaders in Iran, Chile, Guatemala, and the assasination of Congo's leader. Between the two countries, it is estimated that either Moscow or the US intervenes in one out of 9 elections to either prop up their own puppets or throw out the other guy's puppet. That would implicate pretty much every president since at least the civil war.

What is new is enlisting your former enemy with this capacity to help you win your own election. If that's proven, then throw the bums out.

Bob Summers 1 year, 2 months ago

It does amaze me how gullible to fantasy news humans are with the DRD4 condition. Fantasy news that their own kind create out of thin air. Created out of thin air like their currency. The petrodollar.

They are truly a panic-stricken people.

Ken Lassman 1 year, 2 months ago

Your DRD4 obsession is truly an indication of seeking novel behavior, however misguided. You definitely have the gene by your own reasoning.

Bob Smith 1 year, 2 months ago

"...Former Acting CIA Director Michael Morell, who endorsed Hillary Clinton and called Donald Trump a dupe of Russia, cast doubt Wednesday night on allegations that members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.

Morell, who was in line to become CIA director if Clinton won, said he had seen no evidence that Trump associates cooperated with Russians. He also raised questions about the dossier written by a former British intelligence officer, which alleged a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia..."


Marc Wilborn 1 year, 2 months ago

The Fareed Zakaria special on the Russia connection was quite interesting and he isn't a fan of Trump. Short version is that HRC did not make many friends in Putin's part of the world during her 2008 run and subsequent stint as SoS. Sounds like Putin would have done anything to derail her campaign.

Bob Reinsch 1 year, 2 months ago

Check Adam Kahn's and Louise Mensch's coverage of the Trump-Russia connections on Twitter. The evidence is mounting and in light of the fact that FBI director Comey hid the Trump team connections to Russia while disclosing there was an investigation into Clinton's emails (which led to nothing) is pretty damning in itself. The facts speak for themselves. Time to appoint a special investigator.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 1 year, 2 months ago

"democratically elected leaders in Iran, " What have you been smoking?? The words "democracy" and Iran" do not compute.

Russia's influence in our elections should have been suspected immediately when the non-president mentioned that Putin was a "pretty good guy"........a great leader of his (communist) country.

This cozying up by the non-president should have been plenty enough information for all our "low information" voters who think that the horror of Hillary Clinton, close companion to the hated black, non-citizen, Muslim President of the United States (according to non president Trump) was enough to elect the racist, bigoted, perverted fool who was running as the illegitimate candidate of the Republican Party.

With this mind set impressed on a significant portion of the voting population, we get this pal of the Soviet leader, murderer, and total enemy of all we stand for in the United States of America..

Ken Lassman 1 year, 2 months ago

I don't normally quote Wikipedia, but in this case it's a shortcut and verifiable. Yes, we and the British staged a coup and kicked out a democratically elected leader, replacing him with the Shah of Iran:

"In 1951, Mohammad Mosaddegh was elected as the prime minister. He became enormously popular in Iran, after he nationalized Iran's petroleum industry and oil reserves. He was deposed in the 1953 Iranian coup d'état, an Anglo-American covert operation that marked the first time the US had overthrown a foreign government during the Cold War."

Michael Kort 1 year, 2 months ago

Ken is correct....... and so was Pres. Eisenhower when he warned about the dangers of the Military Industrial Complex .

We created the Shah of Iran who was a murderous dictator who created a hatred for the US in Iran that is for intents and purposes, is a permanent blood grudge in their minds that ain't just going to go away quietly . .

We also created Saddam in Iraq.....a not nice guy .....and Osama Bin Laden was our boy in Afghanistan to fight the Russians before he turned on us over Saudi Arabia .

Michael Kort 1 year, 2 months ago

We need an independent prosecutor to look into the Trump Administration and Russia connections .

Why is there lying to Congress and the American People UNDER OATH by Trump Cabinet Secretaries ?

Why is Lying Jeff Sessions still the AG ?

If he can't remember recent conversations with a Major Soviet Diplomat-Spy then why is he the AG of the USA .

When did having Alzheimers like symptoms of short term memory failure ( Uh Hum ? ) become a prerequisite for a presidential cabinet position such as the AG of the USA ?

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