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Let’s Not Risk Future Intrusions in Our Democracy

October 24, 2018 - 6:00am

Even as the National Guard deployed for Hurricane Michael and Brett Kavanaugh took over national media coverage for some time, we still need to remember the ongoing Mueller investigation and Russian involvement in the elections. GOP frustration with the investigation is mounting, which could lead to the dismissal of Special Counsel Robert Mueller or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Republican patriots should resist such actions. For the good of the country, the examination of Russia’s interference in the last elections must be allowed to reach a natural but swift conclusion.
 
A president’s responsibility lies above protecting the countries good name. Partisan speculation about its outcomes aside, the Special Counsel continues to lead a vital inquiry. To date, 26 Russians have been indicted for election-related crimes, and every intelligence agency agrees Russia meddled. What’s more, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Director of Intelligence Dan Coats, and FBI Director Christopher A. Wray -- all appointed by President Trump and confirmed by the GOP-led Senate -- have expressed grave concerns about future intrusions in our democracy.

Whatever malfeasance was at work in 2016, the American people have a right to know -- and our leaders have an obligation to act. This is a serious national security issue. Although the 2016 attempts appear to have been preliminary and did not make a decisive difference, no foreign power can be permitted to choose our representatives. If 2016 was the warm-up, we must prepare for full-on assault in 2020, unless we want a shill for Russia, China, or a cabal of Middle Eastern countries to take up voice in Congress or, worse, win our nuclear codes.

The current investigation is part of a prudent response, making its speed all the more important. Americans of every political persuasion expect Mr. Mueller to use the time leading up to the mid-terms to quietly conclude his efforts and compile his report. Once voters have had their say at the ballot box, the nation can quickly review what he has found and, hopefully, move on.

Focused and rapid completion of the investigation is also a matter of national security. To have the president operating under a cloud does not project U.S. strength and resolve in a manner that keeps the peace and promotes our national interests abroad. Although weakening a President may be advantageous in energizing the opposition’s base for November, it is a dangerous game to play as we face an emergent China, manage two wars in the Middle East, and advance efforts to bring North Korea to heel.

The greater loyalty must always be given to country over party. This will require sacrifices on both sides. The GOP must trust in our system of justice and not circumvent it in a well-intentioned but unnecessary effort to protect the president, lest they set a dangerous precedent of putting one man above the law. At the same time, Democrats must overlook their differences with Mr. Trump to back America’s leader on the global stage. Anything less from either party would be a disservice to this great nation we all love.

Mark Alvarez is a retired war veteran and member of Florida VFW.

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Republic not democracy. Might as well call a horse a dump truck.

It took "special counsel" 2 1/3 years to get the goods together on Nixon ... and "special counsel" (including Kavanaugh!) spent more than 7 years investigating Clinton ... so, really ... who cares if "the GOP" is "getting frustrated" with the Mueller investigation? Mueller has already gotten 25 or 30 indictments, including several against Russian nationals, and several have pled guilty or have been found guilty of the crimes they were charged with. What more do you want? This is clearly the most corrupt presidential administration since at least the administration of U.S. Grant!

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