August 19, 2019

Opinion | The F.B.I. Inquiry Into Trump and Russia

Opinion | The F.B.I. Inquiry Into Trump and Russia


To the Editor:

Re “F.B.I. Investigated if Trump Worked for the Russians” (front page, Jan. 12):

The F.B.I. had enough evidence to open up a counterintelligence investigation of the president of the United States. This is a mind-boggling pronouncement. That the investigators considered the president a possible “threat to national security” is in and of itself a startling proposition.

We should all take stock of the state of our nation. The American people need to know whether their president is a Russian asset. We need to know that our nation is secure. We need to know if the president, whether wittingly or unwittingly, is acting against American interests and in the national interests of Russia. Did he conspire with a foreign entity to manipulate our electorate?

We need answers, and we need them now. Our nation is in peril, and we cannot wait patiently for investigations to play out. Therefore, it is incumbent upon the special counsel, Robert Mueller, to assuage our fears, or confirm them, by giving us a clear conclusion to his investigations in the very near future.

Ellen Silverman Popper
Whitestone, Queens

To the Editor:

Why are people surprised that the F.B.I. investigated whether President Trump was working for the Russians? Of course the agency would be suspicious, and it is its job to investigate when suspicious.

From my perspective, as someone who knows about spies and counterintelligence only from newspapers, books, movies and TV, Mr. Trump has been doing everything that Vladimir Putin would want him to do, right from the start. The list is too long for this letter, but it has been obvious — everything from asking the Russians to find Hillary Clinton’s missing emails, to firing James Comey, to picking fights with our allies, to private meetings with Mr. Putin.

Mr. Trump is the Manchurian candidate for real. And the next question is, why has Senator Mitch McConnell let him get away with this?

Elly Sidel
Norwalk, Conn.

To the Editor:

Every meeting attended by the president should be recorded digitally and by a transcriptionist. This should not be an option to be accepted or rejected at will by a potentially duplicitous individual. This way we would have a record of a commander in chief calling certain countries, well, you know what, or making promises to foreign countries to suspend sanctions imposed by Congress.

There would be no dispute. And no doubt about who slipped classified information to Russian visitors in the Oval Office. And never again would questions arise about an international summit without an accurate American interpreter and recording of the discussion. Let’s see this new Congress put some teeth into some real security measures that will protect our country and bring truth to the table.

Janet Mines Krings
Jersey City



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