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Reader Opinion: No person is above the law

In an era characterized by continuous presidential abandonment of truth telling and basic principles of law and order, special counsel Mueller has gracefully adhered to truth and to the majesty, principles and significance of the rule of law.

In properly concluding that there was no agreement with Russia to corrupt the 2016 presidential election, thus no criminal conspiracy, Mueller also described the president's campaign's numerous meetings with Russians seeking to influence the campaign, and the campaign itself as being ready to benefit from a concentrated Russian attack on America's presidential election.

Unlike the grossly untruthful statements of the president and his attorney general, Mueller clearly describes numerous factual, substantiated instances of the president's interference with the process of American justice. In furtherance of the rule of law, Mueller also concluded that no crime could be charged, a matter of prosecutorial ethics because present DOJ rules do not permit charging a sitting president for even grossly illegal acts.

Making clear that "facts of obstruction" by this president are present, but consistent with law, Mueller properly left those corrupt practices to Congress, stating that "the conclusion that Congress may apply the obstruction laws to the president's corrupt exercise of the powers of office accords with our constitutional system of checks and balances and the principle that no person is above the law."

The president's un-presidential behaviors, determined by the special counsel to be "corrupt," themselves are an attack on the rule of law. The core strength of democracy, adherence to the rule of law, here by the special counsel, also is a weakness of democracy, as exhibited by this president and his enablers who do not honor the law and the limitations it imposes, consistently demean truth and continue to propagate falsehoods to preserve power illicitly gained and now illicitly held.

John Erickson

Brainerd