It’s a shame you decided to print John Rowerdink’s “Aren’t They Playing Into Russia’s Hands?” It’s a master class in distortion. He is trying to lie about what the report actually says.

The report says Russian interference “favored presidential candidate Donald J. Trump and disparaged presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.” It says Trump’s campaign “expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts.” It “welcomed” this help.

It says “the social media campaign and the GRU hacking operations coincided with a series of contacts between Trump campaign officials and individuals with ties to the Russian government.”

The report states Trump encouraged witnesses not to cooperate with the investigation: “The President launched public attacks on the investigation and individuals involved while in private, the President engaged in a series of targeted efforts to control the investigation.”

It states a foreign government helped Trump during the 2016 election (Mitch McConnell is blocking any attempt to fix). The Trump campaign cultivated that help and lied about it. Trump interfered in the investigation, which successfully blocked evidence from being produced.

Robert Mueller could have exonerated Trump but didn’t. He said under Department of Justice rules, he was unable to take action against Trump. That’s left to Congress.

The Constitution and multiple Supreme Court rulings make it clear that Congress can investigate a president. Chief Justice Earl Warren wrote: “The power of the Congress to conduct investigations is inherent in the legislative process. That power is broad. It comprehends probes into departments of the federal government to expose corruption, inefficiency or waste.”

The future of our country is at risk. Republicans have chosen to ignore their Constitutional oath to support the most corrupt individual to be president within recent memory. The damage will last generations.

Bob Curtis, Pinehurst

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Peyton Cook

If there was collusion or obstruction it was on the part of Democrats. Barr and Durham are in the process of investigating the investigators. Stay tuned.

Jim Hart

Peyton, let them investigate anyone they want to. Fine with me. The Mueller Report definitely shows obstruction of justice on the part of Trump. The fact of the matter is that Donald Trump was never exonerated and would have been indicted if it werent for the Department of Justice policy. If anyone is guilty of a crime, regardless of their politics, they should be prosecuted. If any Democrat is guity, throw the book at them, but he same holds true for any Republican. Two wrongs do not make a right. I cannot believe that anyone thinks that a person should not be prosecuted because of their politics. But some do...i guess.

Mark Hayes

Most have made up their minds on the subject. It seems each week here another is compelled to warn us of Russian interference. Thank You for the concern.

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