In his condemnation of President Clinton (April 5), Paul Hull has gone beyond the usual allegations, going as far as accusing the president of drug running and complicity in murder. These are bare-faced lies and he knows it. If the president were a private citizen, Mr. Hull would be faced with a lawsuit. But the Supreme Court has declared politicians fair game, and Mr. Hull knows that too.

There has been a continuous stream of letters in both newspapers putting the president on trial in the press, convicting him on allegations. This has distracted the public from debating his policies. I wonder if all this has been orchestrated? For years before this, some Republicans have been winning elections by liberal-bashing, without going to the trouble of discussing issues. I'm not saying all of them do this, just some of them. This is not honest. I challenge honest Republicans to redeem the honor of the Republican Party by repudiating such tactics.If the president is found, through a fair trial, to be guilty of an impeachable offense, by all means impeach him. But it is unfair to single him out. The name of Justice Clarence Thomas comes to mind. Some of the same allegations have been raised against him, but he has been subjected to no marathon investigation. I'm not saying he's guilty. I'm saying let's find out. If he's innocent, let's lift the cloud from over his head.

In the meantime, the only moral stand is both men must be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Leon Johnson

Salt Lake City