On Dec. 18 it was revealed that the FBI briefed the Trump and Clinton campaigns back in August 2016 that "the Russians are coming -- the Russians are coming," and of course it was Donald Trump who couldn't bring himself to embrace the FBI conclusions.

Trump has since demeaned the agency, and all of law enforcement for that matter, in any and every way possible. During one of the debates, Hillary Clinton called Trump a "puppet" of the Russians, and he retorted "no puppet -- no puppet." Of course, Clinton knew better because she and her campaign got the same briefing from the FBI.

As bad as Trump's constant lying and denials of anything that resembles the truth may be, it's equally disheartening that our Sen. John Hoeven and Rep. Kevin Cramer can't exhale a bit, even long enough to utter any hint of condemnation of the president's aberrant (look that one up in the dictionary) behavior. In their defense, most Republicans in the House and Senate are holding their collective breaths, wondering what mean-spirited, hateful untruth will tumble from Trump's mouth, and what their defense of his behavior will be.

I didn't, nor ever could, vote for Hoeven or Cramer, but I do deserve better representation from them. The Republicans finally passed something that resembles a tax bill (they're desperate to pass anything that has their name on it and that Trump can sign) and that may be enough for Trump's base, but it doesn't bode well for the majority of Americans in the long haul.

Back to Trump for a final comment. His transgressions are numerous, but my guess is that Bob Mueller will hang his hat on obstruction of justice and money-laundering. Put those two things on a Post-it note and hang it on the fridge.

Ken Drovdal, Mandan

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