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Reviews | The FBI Raid at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Home


For the editor:

Re “Trump Says FBI Searched Home in South Florida” (front page, August 9):

Many of us law-abiding citizens have wondered how it could be that no criminal charges have yet been brought against former President Donald Trump for all the gross acts of corruption and constitutional violations that, according to us, have taken place. Finally, it looks like there could be some progress.

Attorney General Merrick Garland is known as a prudent man who considers his actions carefully and does not act in haste. He apparently authorized the unprecedented execution of a search warrant against a former president, a large contingent of officers visiting Mr Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence.

Naturally, Mr. Trump is playing the beleaguered pauper as he always does, claiming the raid was unnecessary and inappropriate (“They even broke into my safe!”), and stating, seemingly seriously, that he has been cooperative – as he has for years conducted tooth and nail investigations and requests for documents. He will try to use the situation to his advantage to improve his political prospects and raise millions more from the gullible.

If Mr. Trump believes the justice system is on his trail, he may be right. Patriotic Americans who cherish our system of democratic governance can hope that a former president who flouted American ideals and values ​​will finally be held accountable. Stay tuned!

Oren Spiegler
Peters Township, Pennsylvania.

For the editor:

The key thing to note about House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s outraged reaction to the search of Donald Trump’s home is his complete lack of interest in facts. Mr. Trump may have gotten away with documents that belong to the government, not Mr. Trump. The Republican Law and Order Party would once have called this theft, but today’s Republican leaders don’t care about the facts.

What are the facts ? If Mr. Trump did nothing wrong, the facts will acquit him. If he broke the law, he should be held accountable. It would be a first.

Don Doernberg
Penn Valley, California.

For the editor:

Forty-seven percent of voters in the 2020 presidential election voted for Donald Trump despite aggressive efforts by many media outlets to see him defeated.

The FBI’s raid on Mr. Trump’s personal space without an explicit explanation from a judge or the Justice Department reinforces the impression among most of his voters that the Democratic Party will do anything to eliminate his possible candidacy in 2024.

I currently sympathize with Mr. Trump. He survived two impeachment hearings and the Russia collusion investigation, but it looks like Democrats will stop at nothing to neutralize him.

James S. Kennedy
Smyrna, Tenn.

For the editor:

Regarding “Trump Lament to Aide: Why Aren’t My Generals Like Hitler’s? Book Says” (news article, August 9):

Donald Trump’s lament reflects the fact that Nazi Germany law required every member of the armed forces to take an oath of personal loyalty to their Führer.

When I did my military service in Vietnam, I took an oath of allegiance to the Constitution! Oaths are important.

When American servicemen are required to swear loyalty to a person, we will know that our experiment in government by the people has failed.

Geoffrey H. Basson
New York

For the editor:

Re “David McCullough, 1933-2022: spellbinding author who took his audience to 1776 and back” (obituary, front page, August 9):

No one was better at bringing to life the remarkable personalities and events of the American experience than David McCullough. The Great Courage of Theodore Roosevelt. The insatiable curiosity of the Wright brothers. The pugnacious determination of Harry S. Truman and the extraordinary partnership of John and Abigail Adams.

With his death at 89, the biographer and historian leaves behind a series of great stories encompassing a group of men and women who achieved immortality by leaving the United States of America better than they could. they found. The same can be said of David McCullough.

Laurence Jurdem
Darien, Conn.
The author is assistant professor of United States history at Fordham University.

For the editor:

We have lost our historical consciousness at a time when we desperately need it.

Rask Brand

For the editor:

I’m a singer-songwriter who recently released a song, “Alithia’s Flowers (Children of Uvalde)”, based on a drawing by 10-year-old Alithia Ramirez, a victim of the recent Texas school shooting. Since then, I have been in contact with Alithia’s parents and others in the Uvalde community. Just to be close to the depth of pain people there are feeling is heartbreaking.

Reading “In Parkland Trial, Families Lay Bare Shattered Lives and Anguish” (front page, August 6) made me wonder about shooters. What kind of company produced them? One who often glorifies violence, guns, power over others; allows easy access to military style weapons; denigrates women, people of color, LGBTQ+ people, and anyone seen as weak — and also one who has paid tragically insufficient attention to people with serious mental health issues.

The article says prosecutors in the Parkland case believe the only appropriate response to this crime is to kill the killer or lock him up for life. This also implies that he may have brain damage.

I hope this will be considered and the outcome will include professional help for this person, while keeping others safe from him for as long as necessary. If we pretend that some people are just “evil”, who need to be extinguished, we won’t be able to prevent these terrible things from happening.

Mary Lyn Maiscott
New York

For the editor:

Re “The outdoor cat: mascot or neighborhood threat?” (nytimes.com, August 2):

The horrors I’ve seen cats endure have cured me of ever letting them out on the streets. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has come to the aid of cats that have been caught in steel traps, poisoned by rat bait, attacked by larger predators, hit by cars, infected with leukemia feline or feline immunodeficiency virus, or deliberately injured by cruel people. Others were trapped and sold to labs or used by dog ​​hunters as training tools.

Cats that like to be outdoors can enjoy the sights and sounds of the outdoors from a screened window, an enclosed porch, a custom cat enclosure or “catio”, or a yard with a cat proof fence, or they may like to walk on a harness. Animals rely on us to protect them.

Ingrid E. Newkirk
The writer is president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and author of “250 Vital Things Your Cat Wants You Know.”