THIS POLITICAL JUNKY IS CHOKINGI am an admitted political junky. From the time I was 14 and read Alan Drury’s Advise And Consent I was hooked. I was enamored by the nobility and stature of the Senate. I was enthralled by the power and majesty of the President. It so happens that this was a time during which the fight for equality and civil rights began to burst onto the our nightly news tv screens. This was real life and every bit as engaging as a novel, especially if you lived in mountains of North Carolina and saw up close what the battle was about every day. This of course was followed by the Nixon/ Kennedy election, the Kennedy and King assassinations and Vietnam. For all of those years and for all of the years since politics and international relations have been an important part of my life. I majored in International Relations in college, I dodged the draft for four years during Vietnam with my wife. We have knocked on doors and made phone calls in political campaigns and watch and read all we can to stay up to date. But enough is enough.This political junky is choking. I’ve been around long enough to know that Washington is not always noble or majestic. I understand that many of those who serve in the house and senate are self-serving and only the very few are noble. While I have certainly had major political and ideological differences with many of our presidents, Trump has taken it to a whole different level. His raw and unapologetically self-serving, self-enriching and crass behavior is disastrous for our nation, our democracy and the world. I simply can’t listen to his voice or the voices of those who speak for him. This political junky has overdosed on the evil that Trump has awakened and the disregard for civility that he has made acceptable. Please Mr. Mueller end this nightmare that we are living.

A lot of people are going to try to convince you over the next few days that Robert Mueller is a bad man trying to destroy America. Here is who Robert Mueller really is…. • Born August 7th, 1944 in Manhattan • Grew up outside of Philly • Graduated High School in 1962 • Won award as school’s top athlete • Went to Princeton • Graduated with a degree in Politics in 1966 • Went to New York University • Graduated with Masters in International Relations in 1967 • Partially in response to a friend getting killed in Vietnam he enlisted in the Marines in 1968 • Attended officer training at Parris Island • Also attended Army Ranger and Army Jump School • Was sent to South Vietnam where he served as a rifle platoon Commander • In April of 1969 he was shot in the thigh, recovered and returned to active duty • He earned the following medals while serving in Vietnam o Bronze Star with Combat V; Purple Heart; Navy and Marine Corp Commendation Medals; Combat Action Ribbon; National Defense Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross…and several others • He returned to America and earned his law degree in 1973 from Virginia Law School • Worked for 3 years as a litigator in San Francisco • Worked 12 years in the US Attorney Office o Rose to chief of Criminal Division • Moved to Boston to work as Assistant US Attorney • Prosecuted financial fraud; terrorism; public corruption; narcotics conspiracies and money laundering • Worked in Boston at a private firm until 1989 • Joined the US Department of Justice working on national security • Worked on the following cases…Manuel Noriega; Pan Am Flight 103 and the Gambino Crime Family • Moved between private and public service until 1998 when he was named the US Attorney for Northern California • Bush (W) nominated him for FBI Director in 2001 and he was confirmed 98-0 • One week after taking the office came the 9/11 attacks • He remained in office for 12 years…the second longest term in FBI history • This long term required Senate Approval • He was replaced at the FBI in 2013 by James Comey • He had been teaching, speaking and consulting since 2013 when he was asked to run this investigation into Russian collusion As a comparison…trump’s resume looks like this during those same years • Sent to military school because of poor behavior • Faked bone spurs and dodged draft • Denied African-Americans housing for his daddy’s real estate business • Lied • Cheated • Grifted • Learned to Tweet • Lied • Cheated • Grifted Your choice really, whom to believe.

The drumbeat towards a Constitutional crisis, instigated by a frightened and desperate president and his congressional and media supporters, is getting ever louder. The recent relentless attacks against the FBI and Mueller are a clear attempt to pave the way to fire Mueller. Should Trump et. al. actually pursue this threat to our democracy, our swift action and reaction will be critical. It will not be a time for the pontificators to pontificate or the hand wringers to wring their hands. It will be a time to take to the streets and make our voices heard and our intent to save our democracy felt. It will not be a time for eloquence, but rather a time for volume and anger. We, the majority, will need to be prepared to act quickly, decisively and purposefully. I hope I’m reading the tea leaves incorrectly, but I have to say that what I’m hearing is causing me great concern.