The Mueller Report is done and is being interpreted by the Justice Department and has been related to us in a rather short letter. Fine, that is the process but we really should stop talking about the report until and unless we actually read the actual report.

It would seem that the system has run its course. Plenty of indictments and convictions and guilty pleas by a number of the president’s “best people.” One thing I draw from that is that perhaps he is not such a good judge of character and that is not good for us.

I am willing — very willing — to move on once I know what is in the report. I don’t take my car lease on faith, I read it. And so it should be with this report, exempting only those things too sensitive to be made public.

My problems with Mr. Trump remain as to his character. He seeks to bully and shame in the public square, which I find to be undignified, cruel and dangerous as to how further presidents will see fit to use social media. His opinions and use of facts change with the wind. He is still talking about the votes of the electoral college and Hillary. Talk about needing to move on.

His time would be better spent studying history and being able to explain to the public, not just feeding his base catch phrases, why he is doing what he is doing, what principles, facts and vision he has. This he does not do. He tweets and demeans. I fear his character, his lack of self editing. Melania has her work cut out for her here on Be Best. He is not a role model for us or our children and yet he could be.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller did not find proof of collusion and for that I am very grateful. The report, so we are told, does acknowledge Russian or foreign attempts and possibly successes in influencing our election process. I find that something that we should throw money at because once we cannot trust basic information on candidates or our electoral process, where are we?

We should be very, very scared about that. Between false and foreign “data” streaming in, gerrymandering by both parties, we the people are being stiffed on our right to elect our representatives.

No matter which party is “winning” by this legal form of vote robbery, it is time for this to stop.

The cases before the Supreme Court concern Maryland which is pro-Democrat and our dear state which is pro-Republican. This is a rigged game and ultimately serves neither the party — which begins to believe it is their “right” to run roughshod over the people — nor the people whose opinions and choices may change over time but cannot be realized because of the rigging.

If we are to believe that only Republicans — or only Democrats — hold all the right answers and no one of the other party can contribute, take down Old Glory and close up shop. It is not true, has never been true that only one form of thought is correct. It can feel really good to believe that but it has never been true. Not once in history.

History also teaches us that great governmental structures rise and fall and often it is by their own hands, by hubris, by not being mindful of our original intent. Now, intents change as a civilization matures. Women get to vote, races mix, gender is less of an issue and corporations can come dangerously close to being counted as people.

But nevertheless we started out to avoid one person ruling over us. Replacing that with one party is not a step in the right direction. Let us hope the Supreme Court can at least force the states to listen to reason and have the guts to find a simple, mature and neutral way to draw our house seats both for the state and nation’s good.

I am not looking forward to this next and overlong election process. Trump will tweet and rant, leaving us without a presidential model, and the others will take the bait. It is going to be ugly, nonproductive if thoughtful consideration is your thing.

I thank Mr. Mueller for doing his job. Now I want to read it for myself.

Joyce Reehling lives in Pinehurst. She retired here from New York after a 33-year career in theater, TV and commercials.

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Mark Hayes

Joyce Reehling , would you also like to read the archived reports on decades of corruption within our own government agencies, FBI, CIA, etc., or is it just Trump that peaks that interest. Now I realize, as you have mentioned on numerous articles, his mannerism and etiquette are far removed to what one of your social standing would expect, although one of your station in life should be tolerant of those who do not possess what you have been so gifted with. I'm sure with your considerable political prowess, you will be contacted to review the Mueller report.

Jim Tomashoff

Why wait? Mark, perhaps you missed it. The current position of the Justice Department is that a sitting President cannot be indicted. Once Trump is out of office my predictions will come true, you'll see.

Mark Hayes

Jim... Keep me posted, I know how important Trumps fall from grace means to you and others.

Ed Pieczynski

I believe it has been reported that the Mueller report specifically said that was not a factor in their being no more indictments.

Peyton Cook

The drive to oust the duly-elected President is not going away. The Mueller Report is not enough for Nadler and Shilff. They are doubling down. Nadler wants the Attorney General to break the law by releasing everything including Grand Jury material. This demand is the height of hypocrisy. When the Starr Report concerning Clinton, he reminded everyone the reverse. Democrats would have no standards if it were not for hypocrisy. The rage on the part of the Left against Trump and those who voted for him has become a disease. Only the disposal of Trump can cure it.

Kent Misegades

Mueller and his ilk have done nothing less than attempt a coup of our President and they all must be brought to justified, including the Clintons and the Obamas. Doing anything less portends the end of justice in our nation. We should then be free to pick and choose what laws we wish to observe. Orange jump suits and pounding rocks for a decade would be the correct sentence for these criminals.

Lawrence Blackford

There should never have been a Special Council appointed, there were no crimes committed. Although, I would argue that James Comey and Obama’s Justice Department violated Mike Flynn’s Constitutional rights. You don’t have to love President Trump, but he and his associates did not deserve to be violated by the opposition party. Let’s now take a look at Hillary Clinton’s email scandal. There were crimes committed in this case, but they received immunity. There is clearly a double standard in these two cases. The social injustice that lurks within our Judicial System is scary. I’ll use Jussie Smollett in this case as an example. Cheers

Jim Tomashoff

Within two months of leaving the Presidency, on January 20th 2021, the Southern District of New York District Attorney and the New York State District Attorney will make Donald Trump the first former President to be indicted on various charges, including, but not limited to: Conspiracy to Commit Tax Fraud, Tax Fraud (see New York Times extensive article re these charges), Insurance Fraud, Bank Fraud, Money Laundering (for the Russian Mob) and various instances of consumer fraud. Now we know he has committed possibly the most heinous crime of all, he cheats at golf (see new book: "Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump") !!!

Mark Hayes

Jim, that is quite a wish list of predictions, if so confident, why wait ?

Jim Tomashoff

Your comments point "...why wait?" eludes me. I've made predictions. I'm reminded of Yogi Berra's famous quote, "predictions are hard to make, especially about the future." Don't I have to wait to see if they come true by the dates I've indicated?

Mark Hayes

Should not elude you, pretty straight forward, if those you mention are so confident of a conviction, why wait, go for it. Other than that I have little else to add on this subject. Not familiar with Yogi Berra's famous quote, but I am now, thanks.

Peyton Cook

I wouldn’t bet on it if I were you. The real “collusion” story is the attempts by the Obama Administration’s use of the FBI and DOJ in cahoots with the Clinton Campaign to sabotage the Trump campaign. Comey, McCabe, and the use of the fake Steele Dossier to get FISA warrants to wiretap, attempts to place spies in the Trump Campaign. I could go on and on. These individuals should be behind bars also for criminal use of government.

Jim Tomashoff

Your paranoid conspiracy delusions are unbecoming of you. Too bad. And, too sad.

Peyton Cook

So there is no truth in what I wrote below. I didn’t even mention Hillary’s insecure server and phone when she was Sec. State, and receiving and sending classified material. Or how about Uranium One where the so-called Clinton Foundation got money from the Russians. You need to follow more than the fake news sites.

Jim Tomashoff

"You need to follow more than the fake news sites." Coming from you that is hilarious. Other than Fox and right-wing radio where do you get your news? Oh, and from Sarah Sanders too, almost forgot her.

Peyton Cook

The Wall Street Journal, the Fayetteville Observer, the Pilot, and the leading Talk Show with 25 million listeners, Rush Limbaugh. The Fayetteville Observer contains most of the anti-Trump news, and Fox News has enough Leftists. I see enough from both sides to make reasoned decisions. What are your sources?

Mark Hayes

The View.

Peyton Cook

I recently read an Op-Ed from one of your own, Bob Kerrey, former Governor and Senator from Nebraska. He said Democrats are delusional. Here is what he writes in his own words: “The first is that Americans long for a president who will ask us to pay more for the pleasure of increasing the role of the federal government in our lives.” “The second Democratic delusion is that Americans were robbed of the truth when special prosecutor Robert Mueller and Attorney General William Barr concluded that President Trump did not collide with Russia in 2016.” He then went on to write, “Rather than investigating the president further, Congress needs to investigate how the Justice Department got this one so wrong. If the president of the United States is vulnerable to prosecutorial abuse, then God help the rest of us.” He agrees with Alan Dershowitz that Congress needs a “non-partisan commission to investigate “failings of of the justice system in searching for a crime that was not found in the Mueller Report.” He is so right

Jim Tomashoff

The Mueller Report did NOT clear Trump of obstruction of justice. The A.G. did not conclude that Trump's campaign did not collude with Russia and his determination that Trump did not attempt to obstruct justice is consistent with Barr's pre-determination that a sitting President cannot obstruct justice (see his unsolicited 19pg paper provided to the White House on this subject). When the Courts eventually rule that Congress is entitled to see the unredacted Report in its entirety we will learn all the steps Trump took to try to obstruct justice. I can't explain Kerrey's argument, and I don't have to. But the said same Kerrey argues that Trump has an obligation to show us his bone spur x-rays: So I'll just assume that you support this argument of Mr. Kerrey's just as passionately.

Mark Hayes

I notice Jim mentioned the " bone spur " incident. Why.

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