Letter: Attempted coups against Donald Trump

Published: 12/23/2019 12:01:18 AM

The following were illegal efforts to undermine the election of Donald Trump and remove him from office:

■Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee paid millions of dollars to former British spy Christopher Steele, who prepared a dossier smearing Trump using fake Russian sources.

■When James Comey and Attorney General Loretta Lynch presented the Steele dossier to a FISA Court to obtain warrants for spying on the Trump campaign, they failed to inform the court of the dossier’s political origins.

■CIA Director John Brennan and FBI Director James Comey initiated America’s first-ever counterintelligence operation against a U.S. presidential candidate. Hundreds of agents endeavored to entrap members of the Trump campaign and link them to Russia.

■John Brennan circumvented the law by using British intelligence to target Trump.

■Contractors used the surveillance capabilities of the National Security Agency to spy on the Trump campaign.

■The DNC sent a Ukrainian American, Alexandra Chalupa, to the Ukrainian embassy in Washington to coordinate smears against candidate Trump.

■Obama’s Ukraine ambassador, Marie Yovanovitch, illegally instructed her team in Kyiv and the State Department in Washington to monitor leading American journalists and conservatives, including Sean Hannity, Lou Dobbs and Donald Trump Jr.

■Peter Strzok, head of the FBI’s counterintelligence, participated in a conspiracy to undermine a Trump presidency.

These attempts to subvert the electoral will of the people deserve prosecution.

ARCHIE RICHARDS

Concord


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