Tuesday, March 20, 2018


March 20, 2018

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher,
101 Main Street #380
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Dear Congressman,

Re: Putin

I hear your president put in a call to Putin this morning, to congratulate him on his election “victory.” I hear that Sen. John McCain called him out about it, rightly so. Everyone in the sane universe knows it was a sham, even Donald Trump. Though Donald Trump does not, perhaps, inhabit the sane universe. His congratulatory call was misplaced, but I’m sure none the less welcome in Moscow for that fact.

Does Trump realize, I wonder, that his public support and apparent friendship for a ruthless dictator is inappropriate for an American president? Even his press secretary (I saw her press briefing this morning, too) seemed more than a little embarrassed by her inability to confirm that he had raised questions about Russia’s slaughter of civilians in Syria, its continued support for the Iranian regime, the attempted murder of a former citizen, and other troublesome questions. He seems blithely unconcerned about anything except the need to avoid offense at any cost.

I’m wondering, though, where you yourself stand on Russia and its president today? I’m aware that you have been friendly enough, in the past, to have received a warning from the intelligence community, that you were being targeted as a potential asset to a hostile foreign power. I have not heard anything from you in recent days about your erstwhile (current?) friends, and I do believe it’s time to make your position clear. Do you still continue to support the dictator? Are you prepared to make a clear and forceful statement about the role of Russian interference in our 2016 election and our electoral system? I have heard/read nothing from you about the Mueller investigation. Do you support it? Are you willing to go to bat in defense of democracy?

We, your constituents, expect to hear such things from you, Congressman. Are you for America and everything it stands for? We hope so.


Peter Clothier, Ph.D.

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