Congress must look into col­lu­sion

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Opinion -

In his re­cent let­ter Jim Wilkins sug­gests that the Mueller in­ves­ti­ga­tion was a waste of money and no fur­ther con­gres­sional in­ves­ti­ga­tions should be un­der­taken. He is mis­taken. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­sulted in 34 in­dict­ments, in­clud­ing in­di­vid­u­als closely con­nected to the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion. It also re-con­firmed the un­de­ni­able fact that Rus­sia at­tempted to ma­nip­u­late our elec­tion in Mr. Trump’s fa­vor, de­spite our pres­i­dent’s public ac­cep­tance of Putin’s de­nial of this cer­tainty.

Why? What in­ter­est or in­flu­ence made Rus­sia take Trump’s side? What eco­nomic or other in­ter­ests does Trump have with Rus­sia? He will not re­lease tax re­turns (the first pres­i­dent in our gen­er­a­tion not to) or other fi­nan­cial data to ad­dress these con­cerns.

Congress has a con­sti­tu­tional man­date and obli­ga­tion to over­see the of­fice of the pres­i­dent and in­ves­ti­gate these and other is­sues. We cer­tainly can not take Trump at his word or al­low him to run his ad­min­is­tra­tion without checks and bal­ances. God help us if Congress doesn’t do it’s job!

– Dave Ed­wards, Fresno

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.