MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Local 24 News political analyst and commentator Otis Sanford shares his point of view on local lawmakers’ reactions to the Mueller report.
Steve Cohen and David Kustoff are members of the same elected body and the same religious faith. Both are also decent men. But when it comes to politics in general, and the findings from the Mueller report in particular, Cohen and Kustoff are polar opposites.
Cohen is a Democrat who represents Tennessee’s ninth district in Congress and is a fierce critic of President Donald Trump. Kustoff is a Republican who represents the eighth Congressional District is a loyal supporter of the President.
Now that a redacted version of the Mueller report has been made public, Cohen is convinced that the president tried to obstruct justice by repeatedly lying, urging others to lie on his behalf, and working nonstop to thwart the investigation.
But Kustoff, who by the way is a former federal prosecutor with an impressive record of not looking the other way at criminal activity, is basically saying the Mueller report is 400 pages of nothing and it’s time to move on.
Their views are reflective of the districts they represent and the country as a whole. We are woefully divided between those who see Trump as corrupt and those who see him as a victim.
Impeachment proceedings in the House may or may not occur. But despite the different views by our local Congressmen, the public deserves to know the truth. The future of the presidency, if not our democracy, depends on it. And that’s my point of view.