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Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:

I don’t see how anyone can avoid being astonished by the consistent pattern of rampant corruption of the Trump administration.

Let’s begin with Michael Flynn. Contrary to editorials that cherry-pick quotes and evidence, Flynn pled guilty to lying to the FBI. He was not coerced, he was not tortured and he was not framed. The FBI followed commonplace procedures used in criminal investigations at every level. His lies covered working on behalf of foreign governments — while becoming head of U.S. intelligence!

Scandal and unethical behavior have become a hallmark of the Trump administration. Look at this list of Trump Cabinet members or advisers who were convicted, pled guilty or resigned under investigation:

Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, Roger Stone, Michael Cohen, George Papadopoulos, Carl Icahn, Tom Price, Ryan Zinke, Scott Pruitt. (There are others whose investigations have been stopped by Trump’s consigliere William Barr.)

By comparison, the Obama administration had zero indictments, guilty pleas or convictions in eight years. This, despite endless congressional investigations into Benghazi, Fast and Furious and emails.

Never before has a president leveraged his office to profit directly. Using and promoting his properties has brought in millions of taxpayer and foreign money — in direct violation of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution. Never before has a president fired a host of inspectors general who sought to investigate and thwart administration screwups or misconduct. The latest news is that the administration’s lead scientist working on the COVID vaccine has been removed from his position because he warned about the dangers of using unproven medications touted by Trump. These public servants were on the job working for the American people — they are not supposed to be Trump sycophants.

This pattern of corruption cannot be understated or excused. The American people deserve better than rants, lies and corruption.

Gayle Reck

Casa Grande