This letter has never been about partisan politics or about electoral politics generally, except to the extent of commentary on the ideas and policy priorities that drive electoral politics. No doubt regular readers over the years should have no difficulty in identifying my political philosophy, but I abjure partisanship. Consistent with this commitment, I have avoided commentary on the daily spin cycle of partisanship that dominates what passes for journalism in this highly polarized environment that has been supercharged by the election of Donald Trump as President.
Having said that as a disclaimer, I must say that what we are witnessing now in the daily pursuit of possible culpability of Trump and his family, campaign staff, and supporters by the special counsel appointed to investigate alleged Russian influence in the 2016 elections has reached the level of conflict of interest and prosecutorial tyranny that is dangerous to the integrity of the rule of law in this country. Already we have seen the resignations or otherwise removal of several FBI and special counsel staff attorneys for partisan conflicts due to their documented opposition to Donald Trump and/or support of Hillary Clinton. Further, the FBI’s reluctance to release significant documents to the House investigating committee and the stonewalling of senior FBI management in testimony before this committee, which is at this point the only item of obstruction that is fully in evidence, betrays a predisposition to protect Hillary Clinton and an embarrassed FBI. I had hoped for better from this agency and from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, but obviously I was mistaken. In spite of the thousands of dedicated and professional law enforcement officers in this venerable agency, there is obviously a credibility problem at the higher levels of management.
I have my own problems with a number of aspects of Donald Trump as President, but he is our constitutionally elected president and to me overwhelmingly preferable to the alternative that was available. My problem is that I have continuously underestimated the vitriol and defiance of the radical left, the Democratic Party, and their fellow travelers in the holdover Obama administrative state in their willingness to go to any length to invalidate and discredit his election, and that this extends to the undermining of the rule of law, which many of them evidently consider secondary to the protection of the country from a successful Trump administration. This has become even more abundantly clear in this biased investigation and I fear that, regardless of the outcome, it ultimately will do great damage to the republic. The only way I see out of this mess and provide the necessary transparency and impartiality is for Congress to take charge of all aspects of the investigation into outside influence in the 2016 election under its constitutional oversight role, which should immediately include strict enforcement of its contempt of Congress authority under the law.