President Donald Trump needs to disabuse himself of the idea that he can literally run the justice department’s prosecutions, but when it comes to blabbing about possible JOD criminal cases, he was only following in President Barack Obama’s footsteps.
When asked about Hillary Clinton’s possible illegal use of her own email server for official business, Obama waved it away, saying her use of email was mistake, but the issue was
ginned up in part because of politics [and was] not a situation in which America’s national security was endangered. We don’t get an impression that here there was purposely efforts … to hide something or to squirrel away information.
When pressed further, he said:
I do not talk to the attorney general about pending investigations. I do not talk to FBI directors about pending investigations. We have a strict line, and always have maintained it.
The point here isn’t whether the president should immerse himself in criminal cases being handled by the Justice Department. He shouldn’t, and that’s been the policy ever sine Richard Nixon tried to manipulate the Justice Department into dropping the Watergate Investigation.
Rather, the point here is: Should the president declare his beliefs about a prospective, pending, in progress or even concluded criminal case before the DOJ? Attorney General William Barr’s correct answer is a definite “No.” Trump needs to shut up. His tweet storm has at least created the appearance that he’s trying to direct the DOJ to not prosecute any of his pals. That’s extremely damaging and dangerous.
But that also was Obama’s sin. Of course, no Democrats had any criticism of the practice then.
Trump’s yapping mouth has motivated Democrats to demand another impeachment, this time of Barr. Lordy, Lordy, when will it end?
The full explanation of the hypocrisy is here, in Jack Goldsmith‘s article, “William Barr Has a Decision to Make: He can tell Trump to stop interfering in DoJ business, he can stop acting on that interference, or he can quit,” in The Dispatch.
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