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Letter: Lawlessness is Trump's record

To the Editor:

If you preach law and order (which we should!), you adhere to the rules and are lawful and orderly. Otherwise you cannot be trusted and are saying "law and order for you and I do as I please."

Donald Trump touts law and order, but his lawlessness and disregard of the rules mark the last four years. Let's consider his actions:

1. In 2018, a court closed the Trump Foundation. Its purpose was to assist charities but the Judge found "Trump breached his fiduciary duty ...." Trump had to pay $2 million in damages.

2. In 2017, Trump agreed to a $25 million settlement on Trump University lawsuits. Over 6,000 students who say their courses were worthless were to receive reimbursements.

3. On April 17, Trump tweeted Liberate Michigan and Liberate Minnesota. Two days before, armed demonstrators came to Michigan’s capitol with rifles and signs like "Tyrants get the rope." Twitter has said some Trump's tweets glorify violence. A former Kenosha, Wisconsin, alderman urged gun owners to bring their weapons to Kenosha, and a 17-year-old Trump supporter brought his rifle with tragic consequences!

4. Last year, Trump pressured a foreign government, which needs United States assistance, to help his campaign.

5. Last year, Trump broke the federal whistleblower protection statutes. A whistleblower properly reported what he perceived as Presidential misconduct. The federal Whistleblower statutes "prohibit government officials … from taking adverse personnel actions against you," but Trump said " the whistleblower is a disgrace to our country and .... should be revealed."

6. During the Republican Convention, Trump violated the Hatch Act. His Chief of Staff said "no one outside of the beltway [Washington} cares," or we pick which laws we follow.

7, Anyone is known by who they hire. 1) Paul Manafort, 2) George Papadopoulos, 3) Rick Gates, 4) Michael Cohen, 5) Roger Stone, and 6) Michael Flynn worked for Trump and were convicted or pleaded guilty to criminal conduct.

8. On Sept. 11, the Federal Court released its review of the Department of Justice effort to drop charges against Michael Flynn, Trump's first National Security Advisor. It said this effort was a "corrupt and politically motivated favor." The reviewer, retired federal Judge John Gleeson, also said "in the United States, Presidents do not orchestrate pressure campaigns to get the Justice Department to drop charges against defendants who have pleaded guilty ... and whose guilt is obvious. Yet that is exactly what has unfolded here."

Lawlessness is Trump’s record. His actions say "law and order for you, and I do as I please."

Tony Stahl

Sycamore

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