Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III on June 21 at the Capitol in Washington. ((AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)/(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File))

In casting aspersions on special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's objectivity, Andrew C. McCarthy condemned his own ["The course correction Mueller must make," op-ed, Dec. 14].

Mr. McCarthy wrote: "None of these cases [brought by Mueller against Trump operatives] bears on the 2016 election or suggests any wrongdoing on Trump's part. Thus, while there is cause for concern, the results Mueller has produced so far appear free of political taint."

So, are we to assume that, in Mr. McCarthy's view, as soon as Mr. Mueller gets close to President Trump himself, Mr. Mueller must be on a political witch hunt?

Kathie Sowell, Vienna

The subtitle of the Dec. 14 editorial "Unwarranted attacks" said, "GOP concerns over the integrity of Mr. Mueller's team are overblown." That missed the point. The GOP's concerns are not with the integrity of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's team but with the fact that it is closing in on President Trump. This is an organized and coordinated propaganda campaign by Republican members of the House and the right-wing media to discredit the investigation and lay the groundwork for Mr. Trump to fire Mr. Mueller.

David Boesel, Severna Park

The Dec. 14 editorial "Unwarranted attacks" may have unwittingly explained why special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation into Russian interference has not met the criteria for a special investigation when it said that Hillary Clinton and the Justice Department are not being investigated because there is no "factual basis for such an investigation, which would require a showing of a possible crime."

Including the recently disclosed anti-Trump text messages by FBI personnel, this reeks of political bias. Without a crime, there is no case. The FBI is supposed to be an independent and neutral law enforcement agency. The whole thing stinks.

Margie Tompros, Woodbridge

Reading about the GOP-led House Judiciary Committee's outrageous denunciations of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III and his team in the Dec. 14 news article "Rosenstein defends Mueller after FBI officials' anti-Trump texts surface" filled me with disgust. It's pretty clear that this crew, led by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), is trying desperately to distract Americans from the serious criminality Mr. Mueller's team is investigating. These Republicans would like us to believe that FBI investigators and the evidence they present can't be trusted simply because a few of the investigators at some point held (perfectly reasonable) political opinions. Nonsense. Democrats don't dismiss Mr. Mueller's work because he is a lifelong Republican.

Mr. Goodlatte and his Republican accomplices are hoping to create a smokescreen for probable criminality by undercutting law enforcement, but instead they are creating the impression among voters of complicity.

Beth Kreydatus, Henrico, Va.