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Newsday letters to the editor Tue. March 21, 2017

Congressional committees are investigating President Donald Trump's claims

Congressional committees are investigating President Donald Trump's claims that former President Barack Obama had him wiretapped. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Justin Sullivan

Wiretaps, Trump and the Russians

Newsday’s front page of March 5 reported that President Donald Trump accused former President Barack Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower [“Trump charge: Obama tapped tower,” News].

It was another insult to the intelligence of the American people and intelligence community. The motivation was obvious: distraction from investigations regarding Russian involvement with the election.

However, there may be a portion of truth to wiretapping claim of Trump Tower. I’m sure the answer lies within the Kremlin. This president continues to sell a bill of goods to Americans.

Ron Scott, St. James

 

I felt readers were misinformed by the headline on the March 5 front page. Instead of “Obama tapped tower,” it should have read, “Trump distracts to avoid Russian problem.”

Lynn Elinson, Huntington

 

In response to “Sessions, envoy spoke” [News, March 2], I was opposed to the appointment and confirmation of Jeff Sessions as U.S. attorney general. This was based on his history as an individual who wasn’t interested in upholding civil rights laws, as well as his refusal to acknowledge the rights of the LBGTQ community.

Revelations about Sessions should be the final straw for any reasonable individual. When asked by the Senate Judiciary Committee about the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russians, he said, “I did not have communications with the Russians.” Later, he attempted to get away with his misstatements by parsing his language.

The American people deserve more from our attorney general, who must have the people’s trust to properly handle the job.

It’s imperative that Sessions resign. So far, President Donald Trump’s second choices have been significantly more qualified than his first choices.

Craig Heller, East Meadow

U.S. attorney couldn’t stay in job

Preet Bharara’s position as U.S. attorney for the Southern District was undercut by both Sen. Chuck Schumer and President Donald Trump [“I was fired,” News, March 12].

In 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Bharara for his position at the recommendation of Schumer, who is consumed with dreams of Russian conspiracies.

In early March, Trump alleged that Obama wiretapped his Trump Tower phones and should be investigated.

Bharara owed his job to Schumer and to Obama. Under no reasonable and objective standards could he have appeared to act impartially in these matters. Bharara had to leave the job.

William J. Breuer Sr., Malverne

Trump care plan won’t help the neediest

A letter to the editor in support of President Donald Trump’s March 1 speech on replacing the Affordable Care Act demonstrated a lack of understanding about how health insurance works [“A national turning point for health care,” March 8].

The writer said the new plan, according to Trump, would provide help to Americans through tax credits and health savings accounts. Both of these only help those who are well-off financially and leave out those whom the Affordable Care Act was designed to help: people who cannot afford health care.

How is someone who pays little taxes to benefit from a tax credit? And health savings accounts are tax shelters only for those with extra savings to stash away. Tell someone making minimum wage to sock away all those extra savings into his health account? Besides, one major illness or injury could clean out even a fat savings account in an instant. Then what?

The writer mentioned giving states flexibility with Medicaid, but really, this is typical Republican standard operating procedure of cutting costs at the federal level to pass the burden on to the states. Ironically, the red states that have the highest level of Trump support will be the ones least able to handle that extra financial burden.

Ken Vatter, Centereach

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