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Letter: Lee’s vote allows president to shred the Constitution

(Tom Williams | CQ Roll Call) Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, attends a markup of the Senate Judiciary Committee in Dirksen Building on September 13, 2018, where Republicans voted to move the committee vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to September 20.

Sen. Mike Lee voted against legislation protecting the Mueller investigation, citing Justice Antonin Scalia in a 30-year-old dissenting opinion that such action would create a fourth branch of government; therefore his vote is justified as he, Lee, is protecting the Constitution.

Does Lee not realize that he’s utilizing the losing opinion to justify his vote? Does Lee not realize that seven other justices voted in favor of that same law creating an independent counsel, ruling that it was constitutional? Is Lee essentially saying that seven Supreme Court Justices were basically wrong in their ruling?

Does Lee not realize that his “protecting of the Constitution” is simply enabling the president to continue to shred the Constitution?

Or is it just possible that Lee is merely positioning himself to be viewed favorably by the president as a potential Supreme Court Justice candidate?

I am befuddled and appalled.

Peter A. Orum, Salt Lake City

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