A big, gray, Rus­sia-shaped cloud

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION -

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

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