To the editor:

Lou DeToma’s recent letter included ridiculous claims. To start with, the witnesses at the impeachment investigation have corroborated the claims made by the whistleblower; namely, that Trump attempted to coerce the Ukrainian president to help his re-election campaign by investigating a possible opponent. Not a crime, but abusing his power as our leader to further his own cause like a Third World dictator is unacceptable.

The first-hand accounts of the call by Gordon Sondland, Trump’s own ambassador to the Ukraine, vice-presidential aide Jennifer Williams and Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, all corroborate the coercion. (Source: NPR.com)

More corroborative testimony came from people who had the information given to them so they could perform their jobs.

The last two support or work for Trump and admitted publicly that Trump had done it. They were Bill Taylor, former ambassador to Ukraine; Tim Morrison, former top Russia staffer on the White House’s National Security Council; Laura Cooper, deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia; Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.); and Mick Mulvaney, acting White House chief of staff. (Source: Business Insider)

Not exactly the “hearsay” Lou claims them to be in his letter, and obviously puts the lie to Lou’s claim that “nowhere in the transcript or in any witness testimony (was it found) that Trump withheld aid to Ukraine to get dirt on Joe Biden.”

Also, the special counsel didn’t find Trump not guilty as Lou claimed. It specifically did not exonerate him, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller specifically said if he could have cleared Trump of obstruction of justice, he would have, but he couldn’t.

Tino Fernandes’ letter of Nov. 22 was factual, Lou, but if you get your “news” from Fox, as your talking points indicate, you’ll never know the facts. Two minutes of online research can provide them.

Michael Kerins

North Conway

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