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More than 40 former U.S. attorneys and Republican and conservative officials have penned an open letter to Donald Trump in defense of Robert Mueller and the integrity of the special counsel investigation into the Trump campaign’s possible collusion with Russia. From the Georgetown University Law Center:

Dear Mr. President,

We are former federal prosecutors with extensive experience in complex investigations. We understand just how critical it is to the interests of justice and public trust to ensure that those charged with conducting complex investigations are allowed to do their jobs free from interference or fear of reprisal. That is why we were gratified by your statement on Sunday that you do not intend to seek the removal of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

We do not know where Mr. Mueller’s investigation may lead but, from our own experience, we know that Mr. Mueller must be permitted to continue the difficult job with which he has been charged. Seeking his removal would have severe repercussions for Americans’ sense of justice here at home and for our reputation for fairness around the world.

We applaud your comments on Sunday and ask that you adhere to them as Mr. Mueller continues his work. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Hon. Lourdes G. Baird, U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California, 1990-1992 

B. Mahlon Brown III, U.S. Attorney for the District of Nevada, 1977-1981

Donna A. Bucella, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, 1991-2001

Michael Cotter, U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana, 2009-2017

William B. Cummings, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, 1975-1979

Margaret E. Curran, U.S. Attorney for the District of Rhode Island, 1998-2003

Michael H. Dettmer, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan, 1993-2001

W. Thomas Dillard, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, 1981; U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, 1983-1987

Edward L. Dowd, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, 1993-1999

Robert B. Fiske, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, 1976-1980

Deborah R. Gilg, U.S. Attorney for the District of Nebraska, 2009-2017

Marcos Daniel Jiménez, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, 2002-2005

Tim Johnson, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas, 2008-2010

Melvin W. Kahle, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia, 1999-2001

William C. Killian, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, 2010-2015

Michael D. McKay, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington, 1989-1993

Patrick H. Molloy, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, 1977-1981

Patrick O’Toole, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California, 2001-2002

James G. Richmond, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, 1985-1991

Daniel F. Lopez Romo, U.S. Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico, 1982-1993

F. L. Peter Stone, U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware, 1969-1972

Atlee W. Wampler III, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, 1980-1982

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