Have Russian President Vladimir Putin's tentacles reached into Iowa? You might think so after what U.S. Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, just did. They made a criminal complaint referral to the U.S. Justice Department against former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele, author of the Steele dossier that outlines the ways Russians may have conspired with the Trump organization before the presidential election.

Wanting to arrest Steele is like pressing charges against the firemen who just rolled up in a firetruck to extinguish your blazing house. Or, if you are a king and a messenger arrives with bad news, you order the messenger be killed. Instead of trying to find out the how, when, where, and why the Russians influenced our presidential election, these Republicans want to prosecute the messenger.

It has been confirmed the Russians hacked into our political databases and paid for fake postings on our internet outlets and hacked the company that produces the software for our voting machines, according to Bloomberg, June 13, 2017. Now, why would they want to do that? Apparently, Russians hit systems in 39 states. We don't know how much damage the Russians did to our election process, but, also apparently, these Republicans don't want to find out.

When will they put country before party affiliation? If we have a president who obtained his office by having a foreign government manipulate our various electronic systems, we need to find that out, Sen. Grassley. 

Marilyn Schroeder

Bellevue, Iowa

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