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Put partisan politics aside

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Special counsel Robert S Mueller III was a registered Republican when GOP President George W Bush appointed him to the Independent NON-Partisan Office as FBI director and he was a registered Republican as of 2017. The Senate unanimously confirmed Mueller as FBI director on August 2, 2001, voting 98–0 in favour of his appointment—meaning ALL Republican senators and Democratic senators voted unanimously to appoint Robert Mueller, a registered Republican as FBI director because of his noted independence, brilliance, and dedication in spite of belonging to the Republican Party.

In May 2011, President Barack Obama, a Democrat asked Mueller to continue at the helm of the FBI for two additional years beyond his normal ten-year term, which would have expired on September 4, 2011. The Senate approved this request 100-0 on July 27, 2011. This made Robert Mueller the longest serving FBI sirector since J Edgar Hoover.

Rod Jay Rosenstein is an American attorney serving as United States Deputy Attorney General since 2017. He is a registered Republican who is in charge of special independent counsel Robert Mueller as he investigates Russia's involvement in the USA's 2016 elections.

Putting partisan politics aside for the good of the nation has obtained from the beginning of times to as recent as with former USA president Barack Obama who had three Republicans in his Cabinet

President Obama broke the glass ceiling on many levels when he won the US Presidency in 2008. The one key area he did so was in appointing three Republicans into his otherwise Democrat Cabinet. No other President in US history has appointed that number of Cabinet members from members of an opposing political party.

In 2009, Defense Secretary Robert Gates was appointed by Mr Obama to his Cabinet. Gates had served under several Republican administrations, and though he dropped his party registration to present an apolitical appearance while with the CIA, Gates himself said in December 2008, "I consider myself a Republican." The other two Obama appointees were registered Republicans: Ray LaHood, a former congressman from Illinois, as secretary of transportation; and Sen Judd Gregg of New Hampshire as commerce secretary.

Other US Presidents have appointed Cabinet ministers from the other side of the political aisle. Most noteable are:

• George W Bush: Democrat Norman Mineta, transportation secretary.

• Bill Clinton: Republican William Cohen, defense secretary.

• Ronald Reagan: William Bennett was a Democrat when appointed as education secretary in 1985.

• Jimmy Carter: Republican James Schlesinger, who served as defense secretary under Republican presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, was tapped by Carter as America's first energy secretary.

• John F Kennedy: Republicans C Douglas Dillon as treasury secretary and Robert McNamara as defense secretary.

• Dwight D Eisenhower: Democrat and Labour Secretary Martin Patrick Durkin, the "plumber" among Eisenhower's so called "Nine Millionaires and a Plumber" Cabinet.

When will T&T become so politically mature and select Cabinet Ministers based on meritocracy and what is best for the country?

When will we finally live by the words of the pioneer of the International Criminal Court, Mr Arthur Napoleon Raymond Robinson: "Our country cries out for men and women who cannot be bought and sold. Men and women who are prepared to put principle before personality, country before self and morality before power."

Hansen Stewart

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