Breach of oath?

All the presidents solemnly swear “to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Fair and free elections are the heart of our constitutionally-based Republic. Foreign interference in our elections is an attack on our constitution and national sovereignty. The Russian government directed interference in our 2016 Presidential election process by hacking the emails and servers of American citizens, publicizing their content and disseminating divisive false information on social media.

President Trump summarily dismissed Russian interference in our election as a hoax. That pronouncement was awarded Politifact’s “2017 Lie of the Year.”

President Trump has failed to assure the public that, at his direction, the United States government will develop and execute plans to avert a repeat of Russian interference in our 2018 and other future elections. He has balked and refused to implement sanctions against Russia for interfering in our elections. Republican messaging from the White House, the House and the Senate coincide with pervasive Russian bots.

If President Trump’s gravest responsibility is to protect the safety of the American people, doesn’t his neglect also violate that duty by placing us at heightened risk at the hands of a powerful, intrusive foreign adversary?

Is this failure a dereliction of duty and, as such, constitute a breach of the oath of office that President Trump took to God and the American people before the whole world with his hand on the Bible on Inauguration Day, January 20, 2017?

I think so. And I can’t help but wonder: “What does Vladamir Putin have on Donald Trump?

Tim Mannello

Williamsport

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