Letter: Be transparent, Mr. President

In most sports, when the stakes are high and accuracy is crucial, play stops whenever the officials need to verify a call was made correctly.

America appears to be in one of those moments. The number of President Donald Trump’s associates — from a former campaign manager to his appointment of attorney general, from his son-in-law to his top national security adviser — have had illicit communications with Russian foreign officials, and when given the chance to disclose this information refused to do so.

Regardless of one’s party affiliation, this should be alarming to Americans and we should be united in calling for a fair, thorough, and immediate investigation into this breach of American sovereignty.

An independent investigator needs to analyze phone records, financial records (and yes, emails) from the campaign and after to ensure that the law was followed.

Trump ran (and won) on a promise of ending party division, uniting the American people, and “draining the swamp” of Washington. And if there was no illegal activity committed by him or his associates, only he stands to benefit. To have this controversy behind him will allow his administration to move on governing the country. Being transparent will show he is fulfilling one of his central campaign promises. Unfortunately, Trump has done the opposite, calling the legitimate questions being asked a political “witch hunt.” This is no witch hunt, Mr. President. You know it, I know it, everybody knows it.

Wes Hoyer

Cedar Rapids

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