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Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Nov. 19

Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Nov. 19

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What are Trump’s crimes? Here’s a list

Jeffery Falace’s Nov. 14 letter asked, “Exactly what crimes did Trump commit.” This is partial list, but it should help.
Number 1: Conspiracy to defraud the United States (18 U.S.C. §371) a/k/a “Collusion”
Number 2: Obstruction of justice: Trump’s efforts to persuade members of his staff to publicly misrepresent event
Number 3: Obstruction of justice: Trump’s attempts to remove Mueller and curtail the investigation
Number 4: Obstruction of justice: Trump’s termination of FBI Director Comey
Number 5: Obstruction of justice: Trump’s conduct concerning the investigation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn
Number 6: False statements (18 U.S.C. §1001) and perjury (18 U.S.C. §1623)
Number 7: Campaign finance laws (52 U.S.C. §30109(d)(1)(A))
Number 8: Foreign Agents Registrations Act (22 U.S.C. §611 et seq.) and agents of foreign governments (18 U.S.C. §951)
Number 9: National Stolen Property Act (18 U.S.C. §§2314 and 2315
Number 10. Computer-Intrusion (18 U.S.C. §1030) and Aggravated Identity Theft (18 U.S.C. §1028A)
Number 11: Numerous sexual assault charges
Number 12: He is the un-indicted coconspirator in campaign finance violation that put the other conspirator in jail.
Number 13: He attempted to trade arms for political dirt and released the Congressionally approved arms only when Congress asked for the whistleblowers report, and they knew they were caught. That’s abuse of power.
Attempting to deny a constitutionally equals partner in the government witness is obstruction of justice. There are maybe ten to twenty of those under way now.
Hope this helps clear up our confusion about the specifics.
Glenn Gray

Congress needs to brush up the law

Is it really possible that certain members of Congress have never heard of grand juries? Or are they simply deliberately repeating misinformation to sway public opinion?
Prosecutors present information to grand juries, and the grand jurors determine whether or not to indict. The defendant does not have a right to call and question witnesses.
Just as in 1998, when Republicans had the majority in the House of Representatives and went after President Clinton, the House is conducting an impeachment investigation.
Of course in those days, Democrats had the majority in the Senate, and, with some Republicans voting with them, acquitted President Clinton.
President Clinton lied about having an illicit relationship with a White House aide. He did not ask a foreign government to investigate a political opponent. Is that a high crime or misdemeanor under federal law?
We may well find out soon.
Bruce S. Trachtenberg
The writer is a former town justice.

Flyer had opposite influence on vote

As a registered voter without any party affiliation, I was disgusted with the flyer sent by the Schenectady County Democratic Committee just prior to the election.
Divisiveness only proves to distract us from the issues and promotes ill will. If there is a concern regarding a town employee, this is not the forum to explore it.
The flyer did influence my vote, but not in the way you intended.
Lois Mills

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