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We should all be concerned about Russian election meddling

Scott Robert Shaw

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It depends on who you believe. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election meddling was, according to some, a “witch-hunt.” Others consider it an impeachable offense. Mueller spoke publicly for the first time yesterday since releasing his report, pointing out that technically President Trump was not, as he has claimed, exonerated by the report. But he also said it would be technically illegal to charge a sitting President with a crime because that would be a violation of the Constitution. What he did say, and what seems to be getting lost in all this debate over whether Trump did anything wrong, is that there was interference by Russia in the 2016 election. And that, he says, deserves the attention of every American. He is right. We should be concerned when a foreign country, particularly a U.S. adversary, takes steps to influence the outcome of our elections. In his statement yesterday, Mueller emphasized there were multiple, systematic efforts to interfere in our elections. 12 Russian military officials were indicted, charged with hacking democratic email accounts. That is not in dispute. The question is, what we will do about it? And so far, the answer seems to be nothing. That is concerning. Forget about whether our President committed a crime, or whether he was the victim of a witch-hunt. Let’s at least agree that we don’t want foreign countries meddling in our elections, and we need to take steps to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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