Watergate, Trump and the Russian attack

Having been a keen observer of the Watergate scandal, as well as today’s Trump- Russia exploration, I disagree with pundits who compare the two situations [“The tipping point for Trump’s fans?” Opinion, June 8].

While some issues leading to a need for investigation are eerily similar, there is a major difference. It lies in the makeup of those who would be judge and jury, that is, Congress.

In 1973 and 1974, the GOP, the minority party, had members who were statesmen and put country before party. Sens. Howard Baker (R-Tenn.) and Barry Goldwater (R-Ariz.) were but two of many Republicans who asked hard questions of the president and ultimately believed, for the good of the country, he needed to go.

By contrast, I observe unparalleled partisanship today. I have no confidence that members of the GOP will show leadership and, yes, patriotism, and remember that their oath was to protect the United States, not President Donald Trump or their own self-interests.

Thomas J. Madera, New Hyde Park

 

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Donald Trump said that the result of former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee was that the president was “completely vindicated” [“Trump takes on fired FBI chief,” News, June 10].

Trump is like a restaurant owner who thinks he deserves a five-star review from a food critic who says that one dish is great. That dish, in this analogy, was Comey’s statement that Trump was not personally the subject of an investigation on Russia.

But, at the same time, some other items on the menu are absolutely toxic, such as Comey’s statements that Trump had said he expects loyalty from an FBI director who is supposed to be insulated from political pressures, that Comey felt pressured to drop the investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and that Trump has repeatedly lied.

It’s this penchant of Trump for delusion, distortion and deceit that has turned the stomachs of a majority of Americans and makes us find his presidency so ominous and dangerous.

Chuck Cutolo, Westbury

Editor’s note: The writer worked as a legislative director on Capitol Hill for 17 years.n

In a June 8 letter to the editor, a writer complained about what he calls hypocrisy on the part of the Democrats in relation to the firing of FBI Director Comey [“Democratic hypocrisy on James Comey”].

There’s a big difference between investigating Hillary Clinton’s email server and the issue before the public now. This is about the interference of a foreign power in our electoral process. If there’s anything Americans ought to agree on, it’s that we have to fight back against this brazen attack.

Ann Kemler, Long Beach