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Yes, Congress must protect Mueller

Professor Greg Weiner is wrong. Congress should indeed protect Robert Mueller. The arguments Weiner lays out in his Feb. 4 opinion piece, “No, Congress should not protect Robert Mueller,” fails to consider the realities of the Republican Congress’ lack of moral backbone to exercise their power to check and balance the president’s appalling disregard for rule of law and governing behavioral norms, and the fact that the protection sought is for a special counsel specifically investigating the executive, not all prosecutors in all cases.

The Nunes memo fiasco unquestionably points to the Republican Congress’ willingness to protect the president and not the truth. In the absence of a finalized investigation, they were willing to attack the integrity of the FBI in order to weaken the validity of potential findings by Mueller’s investigation.

They sought to besmirch an investigation led by one of the most respected law enforcement experts in the country despite the possibility that collusion, obstruction of justice and treason could be uncovered.

That type of Congressional leadership cannot be counted on to exercise its power to impeach in the event Mueller is fired.

The president’s authoritarian tendencies have been covered extensively in the media and political literature for more than 18 months. It is foolish to believe that he would not attempt to protect himself as the investigation inevitably approaches the Oval Office.

This would just push the process of truth finding further down the road, allowing him time to continue to profit from his presidency. He cannot be counted on to allow justice to proceed with its natural course. He has already inquired as to whether he can pardon himself.

This is about taking the keys to the hen-house away from the fox’s reach. This fox and his supporters present a grave danger to American democracy and must be corralled in every way possible.

Rick Ibarria, Palmetto Bay

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