In 1987, as a sher­iff’s deputy from Loudoun County,

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I was work­ing my way down a hall in the John W. McCor­mack Post Of­fice build­ing in Bos­ton. Sev­eral years ear­lier, I had started an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­leged crim­i­nal en­ter­prises sur­round­ing Lyn­don LaRouche. A lo­cal po­lit­i­cal fig­ure was pres­sured to cut off my funding. I was on my way to see the U.S. at­tor­ney for Mas­sachusetts. I had been told, “You were both Marines. Work it out.” That U.S. at­tor­ney was Robert S. Mueller III. As it turned out, we both had served in the Leath­er­neck Square area of the 3rd Marine Di­vi­sion in Viet­nam, though he was there six months ear­lier.

He was quick, per­cep­tive and very gra­cious to a Vir­ginia deputy sher­iff who had dumped a re­ally messy case on his staff and who was a long way from home. Within hours, he was able to see the prob­lems I was ex­pe­ri­enc­ing, take de­ci­sive ac­tion and cut through the po­lit­i­cal chaff. When he left that of­fice, he was greatly missed by his staff.

Mr. Mueller is a man who has been there. I hold no brief for Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Hil­lary Clin­ton or Pres­i­dent Trump, and I was out of the state when the elec­tion went down (and I do mean “down”). I be­lieve that those who pro­fess they are for an open and fair in­ves­ti­ga­tion are about to get their run­ways bombed. I hope the in­ves­ti­ga­tion will be com­plete by the 2018 elec­tions, and then in time­honored fash­ion, we can shoot the wounded in the pri­maries.

Don­ald L. Moore, Shepherdstown, W.Va.

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