Regarding the May 18 front-page article “Mueller roundly lauded on Hill”:
Many Americans join their congressional representatives in breathing sighs of relief that Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, has impeccable nonpartisan credentials and expertise.
Similar bona fides must be manifest in whoever replaces James B. Comey as FBI director — especially because our intelligence agencies have agreed that Russia sought to influence our last presidential election (just as this month it sought to influence France’s).
The FBI’s investigations into this and alleged Russian ties to President Trump’s associates continue. As acting FBI director Andrew McCabe testified to Congress, the bureau’s Russia investigation is “highly significant.” The Senate should thus consider Mr. Trump “conflicted out” from any capacity to nominate a new FBI director — and not now approve any such nominee. Until the bureau’s Russia investigations are concluded, Mr. McCabe should remain acting FBI director.
Cynthia A. Drew, WinstonSalem, N.C.