To the Editor:
Watching the Republicans’ wailing and gnashing of teeth over the clearly tainted FBI investigation, including the vicious animus of at least one team member and the Bureau’s refusal to say if it paid for the infamous dossier, I am still struck by one overriding question: “But what is the underlying truth?”
During the pre-election DNC scandals and Democratic protestations about Russian hacking and release of John Podesta’s emails, Republicans were quick to ask, “But were the emails genuine?” In their view, at the time, and mine, it was more important to know the facts than how they were obtained, considering the stakes. I suppose much like the questionable, and at times illegal, investigation methods and publishing of the Pentagon Papers in the 1970s. Now that the shoe is on the other foot, this Republican outrage strikes me as the same sort of deflection as the Democrats engaged in a year ago.
There is, however, something to be said for having one’s adversaries conduct the investigation, assuming all aspects are made fully transparent at the proper time. It avoids claims of a whitewash, ensures a thorough examination, and in the event nothing is found, legitimates that finding.
Mueller and his team have lost my confidence. Nevertheless, I want them to proceed and then, when the investigation is concluded, throw open all the books.
James R. Stein