A big, gray, Russia-shaped cloud
The March 21 front-page article “FBI is investigating Trump-Russia ties” reported that Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, accused FBI Director James B. Comey of putting a “big gray cloud . . . over people who have very important work to do to lead this country” by conducting an investigation into possible coordination between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign. This is misdirected blame.
Mr. Trump and his associates, not the FBI director, created the big gray cloud through their comments, actions, denials and lies (as cited by Eugene Robinson in his March 21 op-ed, “Follow the Russia trail”).
Rather than Mr. Nunes blaming the investigator and demanding quick action, it would be best for the American people if he would acknowledge the real cause of the gray cloud and respectfully support Mr. Comey in taking sufficient time for his own very important work for the American people with a careful, well-focused and thorough investigation.
William Wright, McLean
We recently discovered that
the FBI has been investigating the relationship between Russia and the Trump campaign since last summer. It should trouble all Americans that FBI Director James B. Comey found it justifiable to announce the investigation of the email issue surrounding Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, a far less serious charge than colluding with a foreign adversary. But Mr. Comey judged that the investigation of potentially treasonous behavior by the Trump campaign did not rise to the level of serious public concern, and therefore he did not announce this investigation until last week.
Regardless of the outcome of the current RussiaTrump campaign investigation, the withholding of information on one serious investigation and the announcement of a far less serious investigation at a key point in the presidential election campaign amount to major interference with the American electoral process, an act specifically disallowed by the Justice Department and a federal crime.
Mr. Comey must resign or be removed from office and an investigation must be held as to whether he and others at the FBI committed federal crimes. The 2016 election clearly was invalid.
Robert J. Rodino, State College, Pa.
Regarding the March 23 front-page article
“House Intelligence chair alleges spy agency abuse”:
Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) should step down as chair of the House Intelligence Committee. He is casting doubt on our intelligence community. Instead, he should be protecting the American people from Russia’s interference in our democracy.
Sara Rothman, Silver Spring