To the Editor:
I called Rep. Adam Kinzinger’s office over a week ago with several simple, straightforward questions:
1) Did he read the Mueller report?
2) Does he believe the rule of law applies to the president?
3) What is he doing to prevent the Russians from interfering in our next election?
The office staff said they had not spoken to Rep. Kinzinger about those items, so I requested a response. I received an email response which addressed exactly none of my questions. I emailed back and politely requested an answer to my simple, direct questions and have not gotten any response to date. Sadly, Rep. Kinzinger’s email to me was misleading in its discussion of the Mueller report in several ways. First, Rep. Kinzinger echoed the talking point claiming that Mr. Mueller concluded President Trump did not conspire or coordinate with the Russians. That’s not true. Mueller concluded there wasn’t sufficient evidence of conspiracy to support charges, which is much different. Secondly, the email discussed the Mueller report, but totally ignored Part II of the report; the question of obstruction of justice, a serious crime against our rule of law, which merits impeachment if found guilty in Congress. That is a serious omission.
By coincidence, my initial call was the same day as Mr. Mueller spoke out and clearly indicated that Mr. Mueller wants Congress to do its job to weigh whether the president is guilty of obstruction of justice and to provide justice, which the DOJ cannot do because of departmental policy. Rep. Kinzinger’s email to me was two days after Mr. Mueller spoke, and still said that Congress should take no action. This would leave our nation with a president that is effectively above the law. I hope Rep. Kinzinger will reconsider this stance. I’m quite sure he would not want a Democratic president to be above the law.
Rep. Kinzinger said nothing in his response to about preventing Russian inference in our next election. Our democracy depends on free and fair elections. If we want to have an independent nation, it is crucial that other nations stay out of our elections. We deserve to know what our Congressional representative intends to do to prevent Russian meddling. My own preference is that the legislative response include passing laws that make it incumbent upon anyone running and every campaign member to report ALL foreign contacts immediately and also to certify that no foreign interests assisted their campaign prior to swearing in, with severe penalty of law for lying on their certification and for omissions in prompt reporting.
And of course, we still do not know whether our representative in Congress has even read the report of the Special Counsel’s findings. This is a most basic duty of our representative, and he should not be allowed to shirk it. I urge all concerned citizens to call Rep. Kinzinger and make their feelings known about these issues.
MARY GRZYWA, of Marseilles