Re­gard­ing the May 18 front-page ar­ti­cle “Mueller roundly lauded on Hill”:

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION -

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.

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