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'Presidential harassment' is what Trump did to Obama, not what Democrats are doing to Trump

'Presidential harassment' is what Trump did to Obama, not what Democrats are doing to Trump
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-Burbank) speaks with reporters Feb. 6 after his panel voted to send more than 50 interview transcripts to special counsel Robert Mueller. (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)

To the editor: President Trump thinks nothing of slamming congressional Democrats over their expanded investigations related to Russian interference in the 2016 election.

But what about Trump’s own partisan probe of President Obama, insisting that Obama was not a natural-born U.S. citizen and therefore was ineligible for the presidency?

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The “birther” conspiracy was one of the most vicious, vile and contemptible lies, and Trump proudly touted it. Worse yet, Trump had many questioning the authenticity of Obama’s birth certificate and believing his fabricated story.

It’s the same old, same old with Trump: Do as I say, not as I do.

JoAnn Lee Frank, Clearwater, Fla.

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To the editor: I can see that House Democrats are pretty high on themselves right now. They should enjoy it while it lasts, because I’m looking into the not-too-distant future and I can see the blue Democratic wave crashing on the rocks.

Is Trump egotistical, rude, disruptive and offensive? Probably, but real progress is not for the polite. Does the current drive to have Trump investigated for the remainder of his term qualify as harassment? Yes, I think it does.

There’s a fundamental problem with the Democratic strategy: It is not productive. It is largely vindictive. That is the main reason it will backfire on them.

Instead of trying to actually correct previous mistakes, the Democrats go out and make a whole set of new ones. That is why the Democrats will not succeed if they continue this course. They will fail.

Arthur G. Saginian, Santa Clarita

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To the editor: With regard to Trump’s reference to “partisan investigations,” exactly how would he and the rest of the Republicans refer to the multiple investigations into Hilary Clinton, especially given current House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) taking credit for reducing her poll numbers?

Michael Solomon, Canoga Park

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