Email #39, Subject: Russian blackmail?

President-elect Trump initially and repeatedly denied multiple intelligence reports that unanimously reported Russian interference in the election. Now the President-elect appears to be acknowledging the reports as true. But new allegations claim that he was always aware because Russia contacted him directly with damaging information they had collected about him. Again, the President-elect is denying this. If it were true then he was not merely manipulated indirectly, but was blackmailed into what could be prosecuted as treason. I have no idea if these new allegations are true. As Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, the committee in charge of Presidential impeachment, you too must be especially concerned. What steps are you taking to investigate these claims? There is no greater issue before the nation right now than the legitimacy of the next Commander-in-Chief. Should the Republican-controlled Congress choose not to investigate, the damage to the party will be immense. Having already attempted and publicly failed to move the Office of Congressional Ethics under Republican control, you have created the appearance that Republicans are unwilling and so unable to police their own party.  Even if the allegations are false, you will have deepened the impression of endemic corruption by ignoring them. Should these allegations be proven true but without a Republican-led effort to investigate them, you will be unable to distance yourself from the fallout. Please act responsibly and fulfill your duties to your office.

Chris Gavaler


Author: Chris Gavaler

Chris Gavaler is an assistant professor of English at Washington and Lee University where he teaches creative writing, contemporary fiction, and comics. He has published two novels, Pretend I'm Not Here (HarperCollins 2002) and School For Tricksters (Southern Methodist University 2011), and two nonfictions, On the Origin of Superheroes (Iowa University 2015) and Superhero Comics (Bloomsbury forthcoming 2017).

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