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Readers React: If the Russia investigation is a hoax, why would Trump want to keep Mueller’s report a secret?

Russia investigation could spark battle to learn Robert Mueller’s findings
Then-FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III testifies to the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 27, 2007.
(Douliery Olivier / TNS)

To the editor: If — as President Trump, his attorneys and others have claimed — the Russia investigation is a hoax and a witch hunt, then why would they be so intent on keeping Justice Department Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report a secret?

If there is nothing there, one would think that making the findings public would be a vindication. It seems they believe that keeping the investigation private, just as they have with the president’s tax returns, will serve to exonerate him.

We can only hope that the Democratic House will ultimately make the president’s returns public so we learn of the potential questionable activities in which Trump has been involved. Similarly, the public disclosure of Mueller’s findings should enable us to better understand the extent of his possible entanglements with Russia and the machinations that led to his election.

David Esquith, Northridge

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To the editor: I had to laugh at the idea that the Mueller report could be kept secret.

The article focused on all the legal reasons why the report could be blocked by Trump’s lawyers. But, even if they were successful, another Daniel Ellsberg, the man who leaked the Pentagon Papers in 1971, would be busy at a copy machine.

Stay secret? There will be a leak — no, there will be a gusher.

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Carlton S. Martz, Redlands

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To the editor: While I am appalled at the fact that Trump’s behavior was worthy of an FBI investigation, what equally appalls me is the reaction of the White House to the news.

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ response — “James Comey was fired because he’s a disgraced partisan hack, and his Deputy Andrew McCabe, who was in charge at the time, is a known liar fired by the FBI. Unlike President Obama, who let Russia and other foreign adversaries push America around, President Trump has actually been tough on Russia.” — is not worthy of the presidency, even one headed by someone as churlish as Trump.

If Trump’s ego is so fragile that he must demean others to feel powerful, he is a poor representation of his office. The Republicans are complicit for not denouncing his behavior, which is an embarrassment to our nation and to the world.

Debbie Cassettari, Chino Hills

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