Dear Editor,

Trump campaigner Carter Page was “spied” upon by the FBI. The 2-year investigation by Trump’s Justice Department found “significant errors and omissions” in the FISA applications for surveillance of Page, but the exhaustive investigation found no evidence of “political bias or improper motivation.” Carter Page wasn’t under surveillance because he campaigned for Trump, he was under FBI surveillance because he was consorting with known Russian intelligence officers, foreign adversaries always trolling to undermine our system of government.

Donald Trump demanded an investigation into the origins of Mueller’s Trump-Russia probe. DOJ Inspector General Michael Horwitz issued a comprehensive 434-page report which was grossly misrepresented by Trump, Fox News and Republican politicians. The report clearly states finding, “no evidence political bias influenced the decision to open the Russia probe.”

Trump’s own Inspector General determined the starting point for the Russia probe was not the Steele dossier but U.S. ally Australia’s warning that Hillary Clinton e-mails were being shopped to Trump campaign associate George Papadopoulos in London.

Russia’s involvement has been publicly requested by Trump when he urged, “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 e-mails...” Russia hacked the DNC five hours later. The Trump-Russia probe began with Trump. Russian intelligence efforts successfully have Trumpers falsely believing that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election.

Aided by Republicans in Congress, Trump has hoped to spin the Horowitz report into a distraction covering his extortion of the Ukraine for a political hit job on Joe Biden. Trump’s predatory behavior is a 2020 campaign repeat of 2016. Trump and the Republicans have attacked FBI directors, including Mueller, Comey, McCabe and Wray using the same low-life tactics Trump employs running for office... lies, smears, distraction and Russian intelligence talking points designed to protect the perpetrator, Trump, by undermining public confidence in the FBI.

Donald Trump is corrupt; his backers know it. The reason impeachment is such an affront to Trumpers is because Republican politicians and backers are just as guilty as Trump. Under law, the getaway driver is just as guilty as the bank robber.

An impeachment trial is a joke when the jury foreman, Mitch McConnell, declares he has no intention of being impartial or considering evidence. What trial is fair where the defendant prevents witnesses from being called and blocks all documentary evidence from being presented? Republican jurors, by strategizing with the defendant, are participating in Trump’s corruption of our election using foreign governments.

Republicans are on trial just as much as Trump. Republican politicians not only excuse Trump, they affirmatively endorse Trump and participate with him by driving the getaway vehicle. McConnell is at the steering wheel just a grinnin’ as Republicans cheer him on in full bore support of Trump’s criminal misconduct. Republicans fully intend to hold a sham impeachment trial, the entire world knows it, especially Republicans. Simply put, they prefer the trial be a sham. These proud Americans are more than satisfied subverting justice in every way possible to protect their leader, Donald Trump.

Rolland Myers

Oakwood