Democracy surely will die in darkness if, as Nelson W. Cunningham suggested in his March 18 Sunday Opinion essay, “We may not see Mueller’s report ,” special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s findings are not made public.

Can it be that the public release of Mr. Mueller’s “confidential report” on Russia interfering in our election will be left to the discretion of Attorney General Jeff Sessions? Mr. Sessions, by firing former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, has already demonstrated his proclivity to protect President Trump.

How could it not be in the public interest to release this report?

This is not abstract. This is the very survival of the United States as a sovereign state, free of foreign interference and rooted in free and fair elections.

The United States has never faced a darker crisis than the one we face now, and only sunshine can save us.

Larry Checco, Silver Spring