Letters to the Editor

Political climate in Washington a threat to all Americans

Robert Mueller’s Russia probe has to end with a report. But anyone looking for a grand narrative on President Donald Trump, Russian election interference and all the juicy details uncovered over the last 20 months could end up disappointed.
Robert Mueller’s Russia probe has to end with a report. But anyone looking for a grand narrative on President Donald Trump, Russian election interference and all the juicy details uncovered over the last 20 months could end up disappointed. AP file photo

Now that the Mueller report has been released to the attorney general (AG), Washington should turn to bipartisan efforts to solve the urgent issues facing our country. Yet, the Democrats seemed to be solely dedicated to finding any dirt on the president. Mueller found that there was no Russian collusion by any American that affected the 2016 election. The AG concluded that there was no obstruction of justice by the president. Democrats, get over it! You lost the 2016 presidential election fair and square.

Democrats still are not satisfied by the Mueller report and the summary provided by the AG. Nadler, Schiff, Schumer and the wannabe 2020 presidential candidates are demanding full disclosure of the report. By law, that is not possible if the report contains classified, grand jury or executive privilege information. AG, stick to the letter of the law and don’t give in to pressure from radical Democrats, many of whom admitted on liberal media they had information that showed President Trump colluded with the Russians. They all should be held accountable for their statements.

America has a robust economy, record low unemployment and a powerful military. Even so, Congress needs to address many problems: election meddling by foreign governments, high prescription drug prices, immigration crises, health care, climate change, deficit, etc. Also, the leftist socialists in Congress need to be silenced. Their inane proposals and ideas such as the Green New Deal, medicare for all, reduce the voting age to 16, eliminate the Electoral College and Supreme Court additions to 15 would lead America down a socialist path to disaster. May the 2020 ballot hold these radical socialists accountable!

America deserves a bipartisan Congress that will address our most pressing problems.

Jesse Moore


Arrests from Mueller’s indictments are questionable

Most working people are too distracted to pay much attention to the news, only getting bits and pieces, which brings me to the Mueller report.

After two years and a reported $25 million bill to the taxpayers, the investigation and charges were unfounded.

Some 37 people were brought to justice for different crimes, but the issue was about President Trump colluding with Russia, which was a lie from the beginning.

Considering that the FISA warrant that started the investigation derived from a report by a British agent with an ax to grind against Trump and was submitted to the courts by disgraced FBI Director James Comey who stated that it wasn’t verifiable, I would think that someone should look at the Fruits of the Poisonous Tree Doctrine.

Under this law, it states, “evidence which is the direct result or immediate product of illegal conduct on the part of an official is inadmissible in a criminal trial, etc.”

There are several parts to the doctrine way too long to mention, but my contention is the FISA warrant was made up of falsehoods. People were charged with lying to Mueller’s investigators, but they were a product of the illegal warrant so, under the doctrine, anyone brought in for questioning and charged should have their convictions thrown out meaning – no warrant, no one to convict.

Gregory Topliff


Toomey an exemplary candidate to lead DHEC

Rick Toomey is a man of unquestioned integrity, and he possesses the finest traits of leadership a man or woman can command; he will be a credit to both DHEC and the state serving as the new commissioner.

He will be an exemplar for fair dealing, professionalism and stewardship and help manage the agency and lead its dedicated workforce in a way that best serves all the citizens of South Carolina.

Frank Caggiano


Gun violence, opioid deaths are not comparable

The recent article in The State comparing gun violence to the opioid crises is like comparing apples to oranges.

Opioid deaths for the most part are self-inflicted. No one forced these individuals to take drugs.

Gun deaths, on the other hand, have many possible causes: suicides, murder/suicides, accidental, gang related, justified, crimes, mentally ill individuals. Stronger background checks would eliminate few of these situations. Plus the fact that legal gun owners commit virtually no deaths.

If we are so concerned about deaths in our state, maybe we should think about banning motor vehicles, smoking and alcohol use.

Joe Pappas


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