Sen. Mitt Romney, former Republican candidate for president, mirrors my opinion related to the Mueller Report. He is quoted as saying:
“I am sickened at the extent and pervasiveness of dishonesty and misdirection by individuals, including the president.”
How sad. Even the redacted version of the report reveals a willingness to work with our enemies, seek personal profit, demean those who disagree and so much more.
After the Barr news conference the day the report was released to Congress, Trump and those who support him reveled in what they considered exoneration. They spoke too soon. The report did not exonerate Trump and reported several actions that appeared to be quite the contrary.
The report found that the Trump campaign was eager to have Russia influence the election in Trump’s favor.
Why did the Russians want Trump to defeat Hillary Clinton? No doubt they had reason to believe that Trump would be more amenable to Russian interests. The involvement with the Russians is so thinly veiled that denying it is fruitless.
Trump wanted the investigation stopped and took steps to stop it. He used firings and degradation to stop current and former staff from cooperating with the investigators. Some staff members refused to conduct operations that they knew were illegal. Their refusal prevented some of the criminality that Trump wanted.
Trump is just about Trump. The focus is on how he can benefit from his presidency with little care about the repercussions to others, to our country or to the world.
Further investigation of issues raised by the Mueller Report is only prudent. Mitch McConnell and others of his ilk must begin to think about our country and its sovereignty. For now, the revelations made by the report confirm many of the actions and motives that had been suspected. How sad.
Jane Gies is a Leavenworth Times columnist.