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Letter: This is a tense and uncertain time in our history

I believe the American people and the credibility of the world's oldest democracy require a complete impartial investigation, with a special independent prosecutor, into the extent of Russia's meddling into the 2016 presidential election. Did high-ranking members of the Trump campaign conspire in that effort and was President Trump directly involved? Which would be a treasonous act.

When Trump, in a demeaning disgraceful outside the norm, crazy manner, fired FBI director James Comey, he cast tremendous doubt on the viability of any further investigation into what would or could be the largest political scandal in American history. The next day, Trump only heightened public anxiety when he privately met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in the Oval Office of the White House. Only Russian journalists were allowed to cover the meeting.

The simple fact was that Comey was fired because he was leading a very active investigation and would not drop it, an investigation that could bring down a president. Just days before Comey was fired he had asked the Justice Department for more resources for the investigation.

This is a tense and uncertain time in our history. The president of the United States, who is no more above the law than any other citizen, has now decisively crippled the FBI's ability to carry out an investigation of him and his associates. There is no guarantee that Comey's successor, who will be chosen by Trump, will continue the investigation. In fact, there are hints to the contrary.

Larsen lives in Mandan, N.D.

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