Tuesday’s letters: Trump respects the justice system more than people think

Published October 8

Trump hails cops in Orlando | The Buzz, Oct. 8

Trump is patient

President Donald Trump continues to act with greater patience and respect for the justice system than he is given credit for. When accusations arose about Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s hopes to foment a Cabinet coup, they were met not with his immediate firing but with more time to evaluate the claims. This bodes well for the rule of law, which the president must uphold in letter and spirit. That means avoiding any appearance of undue White House influence over the Justice Department. A hands-off approach is especially important with the special counsel investigation into foreign election interference.

Americans deserve a thorough look into this matter and an expedited delivery of a final report. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has so far indicted more than two dozen Russian individuals and companies, and there may be more to come. He’s also secured guilty pleas for some very “swampy” activity from the likes of Paul Manafort. The country is better off with sunlight shining on these areas.

None of the findings affect the president or undermine the legitimacy of his administration, so there is no reason to spark a constitutional crisis by intervening. He’s got a bigger game of chess in mind and will wisely leave the Russia probe alone.

Brielle Frank, Tampa

Environmental activist dies | Oct. 7

We’ll miss this great teacher

It was with great sadness that I read about the passing of professor Robin Lewis. In 1973, I took a biology course at Hillsborough Community College. All the educators were top-notch, but his teaching was mesmerizing. He was well ahead of his time in estuary management and demanding thoughtfulness in developing Florida and maintaining its natural environment. I’ll never forget the class he held at the southwestern end of the new Tampa International Airport, where we waded into the bay, and he showed us the beauty and importance of the shoreline mangroves. Professor Lewis’ life was an international fulfillment of doing, teaching and leading at all levels. His impact will be everlasting.

Jeff Cathey, Tampa

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