In Hamlet, the line "the lady doth protest too much, methinks," comes to mind. When one has nothing to fear, an innocent person uses confident silence as an appropriate response to accusation and thus validates his/her maturity. Donald Trump “doth protest too much, methinks”.

When White House staffers revealed that Trump became “unhinged” when the FBI raided Michael Cohen’s residence, office and hotel room he could not retain the confident silence to demonstrate his innocence. Instead he called it “an attack on our country”.

Before James Comey’s book, A Higher Loyalty was released Trump could not retain confident silence and called Comey an “unfaithful slime ball.”

Then I read that Comey may have joined the tit-for-tat verbal assassination game. I read the transcript of the five-hour interview to see if he lowered himself to that level. It was not until the very end when Stephanopoulos reminded Mr. Comey that he had written that “Trump is unethical, untethered to the truth.” Comey responded: “Yes. But not in the way I often hear people talk about it He strikes me as a person of above average intelligence who's tracking conversations and knows what's going on. I don't buy this stuff about him being mentally incompetent or early stages of dementia. I don't think he's medically unfit to be president. I think he's morally unfit to be president.”

“A person who sees moral equivalence in Charlottesville, who talks about and treats women like they're pieces of meat, who lies constantly about matters big and small and insists the American people believe it, that person's not fit to be president of the United States, on moral grounds.”

“There's something more important than that [which] should unite all of us, and that is our president must embody respect and adhere to the values that are at the core of this country. The most important being truth. This president is not able to do that.”

“There is the rule of law. There is integrity. Those things matter before any fights about policies. And people who tell themselves, "Well, yes, Donald Trump is unethical but I'm getting the right Supreme Court justice or the right regulatory rollback, are kidding themselves because if we lose that tether to the truth, if that stops being the norm at the heart of our public life, what are we?”

James Comey made observations which are clear to anyone with ears to hear and eyes to see.

Trump and the NRC assume that we will be influenced with a character assassination campaign and will label the findings released by the Mueller team as tainted. Are we so void of common sense than to substitute legally investigative findings with personal attacks on those who seek the truth? It is time for common sense to rule our society. It is time for us to rationally claim the high road as Michelle Obama has reminded us so often. It is time to get behind our free press and the Judicial and Intelligence branches of government.

-Rev. Dr. Ira S. Williams, Gravois Mills