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Paul A Duginski
Paul A Duginski
Paul Duginski is a political cartoonist and veteran newspaper staff artist. He enjoys reading history, literature and going bodyboarding whenever he has time.


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Turkey Day

Nov. 21, 2017 2:13 am
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Since President George H.W. Bush granted a reprieve to a turkey at the White House, presidents have made such poultry pardons an annual tradition. Chief executives before the 41st president sometimes spared turkeys presented to them, but clemency has become standard since Bush.

This Thanksgiving, there is no need to present the president with a turkey. Some would say giving Trump a turkey would be like carrying coals to Newcastle, or wood to the forest. We already have a great big turkey in the Oval Office.

Furthermore, a president who campaigned on an America First platform and who promised in his “Contract with the American Voter” to ban White House officials from lobbying on behalf of foreign governments, allegedly colluded with Russia, promoting the interests of a hostile power, and employed Michael T. Flynn, who acknowledged that he worked as a foreign agent representing the interests of the repressive Turkish government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

It was the investigation of Flynn that Trump tried to get FBI Director James Comey to call off. Comey has testified that Trump flat out asked him to let the Flynn investigation go.

Comey was later fired for his lack of “loyalty” to Trump in not dropping the investigation. That outrage triggered the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, which continues to this day.

Mueller is extraordinarily competent and thorough, and we can rest assured that, assuming Trump allows him to do his work without a Nixonian Saturday Night Massacre redux, he will get to the bottom of the unprecedented malfeasance in the Trump White House and the Trump administration.

I’m sure I speak for a majority of Americans when I say I’m deeply grateful for Robert Mueller and his investigation this Thanksgiving.

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