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Letter: Time to show leadership, Rep. Kinzinger

Published: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 11:49 p.m. CDT

To the Editor:

I am writing this as an open letter to my congressional representative, Mr. Adam Kinzinger, since he is too busy to meet with his constituents.

Rep. Kinzinger, the alleged hacking of our election by a hostile foreign power, Russia, and the possible collusion of President Donald Trump’s advisers is the single greatest threat to our American democracy.

The fact that two Cabinet-level appointees lied (one under oath) about their contacts with Russian officials only heightens my concern. The president’s tweeted accusations that our former President Barack Obama wiretapped his properties raises the stakes even further.

As you know, wiretapping without a warrant is illegal. Wiretapping after obtaining a warrant implies that a judge found probable cause to issue the warrant. Either situation suggests that illegal actions by people close to and perhaps directed by at least one of our presidents is highly likely.

Americans deserve to know the truth about Russia’s involvement in our recent election and our presidents’ possible involvement. Mr. Kinzinger, I was extremely disappointed by your recent vote not to require the president to provide his tax returns.

Opening his tax returns to congressional scrutiny would have allowed Congress to confirm or deny potential financial conflicts of interest involving Russia. Furthermore, when a Republican senator says, “I just don't think it's useful to be doing investigation after investigation, particularly of your own party,” he erodes my faith that our elected representatives place loyalty to country above loyalty to party.

When Reps. Devin Nunes, R-California, and Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, investigate the whistleblowers instead of those who lied, and lied under oath, I have no faith that a Republican- or Democrat-led investigation with yield the truth.

The only chance to convince a majority of Americans that a complete and impartial investigation will be done is to appoint a special prosecutor. That prosecutor must be impartial and should fully investigate the communications between the president’s advisers and the Russians.

The investigation should also include the current president’s potential involvement in those communications and the alleged wiretapping by the former president.

Rep. Kinzinger, this is an opportunity for you to show real leadership and push your colleagues in Congress to appoint that special prosecutor. Your constituents are watching.

History is watching.

It’s your move, Mr. Kinzinger.

Ralph A. Wheeler

DeKalb

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