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Ruppersberger: Let Mueller do his job

Robert Mueller subpoenas Trump info at Deutsche Bank

During my career, I was an investigative prosecutor. My job was to ensure people who broke the law were convicted and punished. But as special counsel in the investigation of possible collusion between Donald Trump associates and Russia, Robert S. Mueller III has not been asked to convict. He’s there to collect the facts.

Unfortunately, that job could prove impossible amid constant efforts to disparage Mr. Mueller, the FBI and the investigation (“Politics and the Mueller probe,” Dec. 14). These partisan attacks serve no purpose but to discredit Mr. Mueller so that his findings can be ignored — or worse — so that he can be fired. Indeed, some of my Republican counterparts have now introduced legislation demanding his resignation.

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I am deeply disturbed by allegations of collusion with Russia during the election. There are legitimate questions here that must be explored. Yet, I voted to table legislation that would begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump last week.

Why? Because I believe in the checks and balances provided by our forefathers. In our country, you must be proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. To a moral certainty. That’s a high test — that begins with a fair and impartial investigation. I have worked with Mr. Mueller, and I can personally attest to his tremendous integrity. As U.S. Attorney and head of the FBI, he earned the respect of both his peers and the rank and file. I have full confidence that he’s up to the task. Let’s let him complete it.

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As prosecutors, we know that we can sometimes become the targets. So I was heartened to see Maryland’s own Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein defend Mr. Mueller before the House Judiciary Committee this week. Mr. Rosenstein said that Mr. Mueller’s reputation, service, patriotism and experience make him an ideal choice for the task and I couldn’t agree more.

The American people deserve justice based on facts, not politics. Let’s get these facts as quickly as possible to determine if crimes have been committed or not. Only then can we move forward as a country once and for all.

C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, Timonium

The writer, a Democrat, represents Maryland’s 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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