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Why would anyone object to an investigation by an unbiased, legally authorized agency into possible criminal activity?

As citizens of the United States, we are privileged to have “separation of powers” in our Constitution. This unique provision prevents intrusions by legislators or executives into a justice system that gives liberty and justice for all. If anyone attempts to interfere with investigations, we should ask, “What motivates such an attempt?” In the 1970's, when a U.S. president fired people who were investigating a “minor break-in," we were fortunate that the Watergate investigation continued.

Let us all — regardless of our political party or our judgments about a person's character — stand up for our Constitution and its mandate to keep our executive and legislative branches separate from our judicial system. We need one department of government to be unbiased. Our Department of Justice, our FBI — even our special prosecutors — support the laws of this great nation. We must protect this system.

To paraphrase William Shakespeare, when one protests “too much” about an investigation, perhaps we should all ask ... “why?”

James McNabney, Highland

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Local News Editor

Marc Chase is a veteran investigative reporter, columnist and editor of more than two decades. He currently leads The Times news staff as local news editor. He can be reached at 219-933-3327.