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I believe President Donald Trump’s paranoid negligence of Russia and the 2018 midterm election constitutes “a clear and present danger” to the security and democracy of the United States.

Special counsel Robert Mueller has indicted 13 Russians for plotting to disrupt the 2016 presidential election. They are charged with running a secret cyber war campaign, linked to the Kremlin, to help Trump defeat Hillary Clinton.

They posed as U.S. citizens and created false U.S. identities using stolen identities of real U.S. citizens, operated social media pages and groups, traveled to the U.S. under false pretenses, used computer infrastructure, staged political rallies inside the U.S. to promote or vilify candidates, used a digital strategy to worsen political and social divisions in the U.S. and communicated with unwitting individuals within the Trump campaign.

National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers said the Trump administration has not directed him to stop Russia from “doing this again.”

Before Vladimir Putin became president of Russia he was a KGB operative. Does Putin have dirt on Trump? In 2008, Donald Trump Jr. said, “We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.” Has Trump’s real estate empire taken large amounts of money from dishonest oligarchs linked to the Kremlin or has he laundered money for them to the extent they literally own him? Did he engage in unwholesome behavior during the 2013 Moscow Miss Universe contest, as British MI6 agent Christopher Steele’s dossier alleges; does Putin have videotape of it? Has Trump been compromised by the Russians?

Russians have a term for what I believe Trump has become. It's “polezniye duraki” (a useful idiot).

The midterm elections are Tuesday, Nov. 6. Republicans control Congress. What are they doing to prevent further Russian interference? Are they providing funding for more secure computerized voting machines? No, they are doing little to nothing!

Larry Larsen, Mandan

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