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Columnist Marc Thiessen said (Opinion, Feb. 21) that Democrats need to stop politicizing the Russia investigation and then concludes, going strictly by the GOP playbook, that there was no collusion. Perhaps he is right. Nevertheless, there is no doubt who politicized the investigation from the start. First and foremost, Mr. Trump — he who never tires of calling the investigation a hoax and lambasting the FBI in daily tweets.

Second is Republican Devin Nunes, Chair of the House Intelligence Committee, who repeatedly shared and synchronized top secret intelligence with officials in the White House. He is also the one who made public an unauthorized committee report which the FBI faulted for its many inaccuracies, and the release of secret classified material. Why does he steadfastly refuse to let the Democrats report their own more complete version free of falsehoods?

Last but not least: Republican Darrell Issa, Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, who also has shared secret committee information with the White House and organized the Republican effort to paint the Mueller investigation as illegitimate.

Thissen, Trump, and the GOP establishment seem to think that just because Manafort's indictment is quiet about collusion, there is none. However, the guilty plea of Rick Gates leaves the possibility more than open, and Manafort twists slowly in the wind. If I were President Trump, I would worry.

Franz Schneider

Albany (Feb. 25)

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