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Two re­cent let­ters (“Skewed Cartoons,” May 5; “Lack of Facts Ap­palling,” May 12) scolded The Tribune for pub­lish­ing cartoons dis­re­gard­ing a sup­posed find­ing of the Mueller Re­port of “no ev­i­dence” of “col­lu­sion.” In one let­ter, the au­thor even ac­cused The Tribune of pub­lish­ing the cartoons “to prop­a­gate what it knows to be false” and “to ig­nore fact in fa­vor of ... nar­ra­tive.”

“No ev­i­dence of col­lu­sion” is the real false nar­ra­tive. Though Mueller’s in­ves­ti­ga­tors were thwarted from ob­tain­ing all the ev­i­dence needed un­der fed­eral law to charge a crim­i­nal con­spir­acy be­tween the Rus­sians and Trump cam­paign, there is vo­lu­mi­nous ev­i­dence re­veal­ing months of se­cret, co­op­er­a­tive in­ter­ac­tion be­tween the Trump cam­paign and the Rus­sians. Along with the shar­ing of sen­si­tive elec­tion­re­lated in­for­ma­tion, the Mueller Re­port ref­er­ences 251 con­tacts be­tween Trump rep­re­sen­ta­tives and Rus­sian op­er­a­tives, in­clud­ing 37 per­sonal meet­ings. It also shows at least 33 high-level cam­paign and tran­si­tion of­fi­cials and ad­vis­ers, in­clud­ing Trump him­self, knew about con­tacts with Rus­sian op­er­a­tives.

That’s a lot of ev­i­dence of “col­lu­sion” (de­fined by Mer­riam-Web­ster as “se­cret agree­ment or co­op­er­a­tion es­pe­cially for an il­le­gal or de­ceit­ful pur­pose”). It is also ev­i­dence of a brazen be­trayal of Amer­ica by a pres­i­den­tial can­di­date and his cam­paign.

Get the facts. Read the Mueller re­port! – Len Co­la­marino, Atas­cadero

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