In his letter to the editor published June 17, Ryan L. Moran, in discussing Robert Mueller, states that “Mueller is no hero.” Mueller’s military record as a Marine officer during the Vietnam War is well documented on various websites and detail his citations including the Bronze Star with Valor, two Navy Commendation Medals, the Purple Heart, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.

I would encourage readers of The Forum to review Mueller’s military record and come to your own decision as to the validity of Moran’s concluding comment that, “......Mr Mueller is certainly no hero.”

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Moran’s storyline ignores Mueller’s military record but draws the substance of his evaluation by drawing from and, in some cases, lifting word for word, without attribution of his sources, dramatically negative narratives about Mueller and a case involving four men who were wrongfully convicted of murder in the 1980s. Moran uses sources that claim to quote negative views of Mueller by federal judge Nancy Gertner who presided over the lawsuit that overturned the convictions. On April 18, 2018, retired federal judge Nancy Gertner wrote a piece for the New York Times titled “Smearing Robert Mueller.” I would encourage readers to go to the original article and draw your own conclusions.

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Here are a few selected quotes from that article: “I was the federal judge who presided over a successful lawsuit brought against the government by two of those men and the families of the other two, who had died in prison. Based on the voluminous evidence submitted in the trial, and having written a 105-page decision awarding them $101.8 million, I can say without equivocation that Mr. Mueller, who worked in the United States attorney’s office in Boston from 1982 to 1988, including a brief stint as the acting head of the office, had no involvement in that case. He was never mentioned.”

Regarding those who are trying to link Mueller to this case she states, “The record simply doesn’t support these assertions.” Of particular note is Gertner’s observation that Alan Dershowitz now acknowledges that there is no evidence that Mueller wrote a letter that opposed the release of the men.

What can we draw from Moran’s letter and the sources that contradict his conclusions? Obviously we have to think critically and verify what we read or hear in the media, especially if we are being given actionable information. Is the source credible and trustworthy?

Moran does not indicate his sources, so there is no easy way to evaluate the credibility of his statements. One initial red flag is his declaration that a highly decorated veteran is not a hero. Logic does not support that conclusion.

In summary, in evaluating the career of Robert Mueller I will base my conclusions on the military officials who decorated him and the judge who presided over the case to which he is being inappropriately linked.