President Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort has been indicted. Now is the time for bipartisan action to protect the investigation of Russian influence on the 2016 US presidential election.

Congress should act now to do two things:

• Shield special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired by the Trump administration.

• Prevent those under investigation by Mueller from being pardoned by President Trump.

Trump has already shown that he will interfere with justice by pardoning Sheriff Arpaio after he had been found guilty of crimes against American citizens, but before he was sentenced.

Trump should not be allowed to interfere with the Russian investigation of how Putin influenced the election.

Contact all Congress members of both parties to pass this legislation immediately. Two congressional actions are possible:

• Pass legislation to protect Robert Mueller from being fired and prevent the indicted from being pardoned.

• Use Amendment 25 of the U.S. Constitution to set aside the powers of the president to interfere in the investigation.

Amendment 25 is potentially more immediate and far reaching. The president could simply be relieved of those powers.

No time should be wasted. Act before the impulsive president acts. Contact Congress members now to enact both of those protections of the United States from investigation of Russian interference in the election.

John Hempstead, La Crosse

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