Trump’s Degradation of Justice

Via Lawfare:

Since assuming office, he has continued this assault. He fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates for refusing to defend in court an order she believed to be illegal (a judgment that, as the acting attorney general, was literally her job to make). He fired the FBI director for not subverting an ongoing law enforcement investigation that he wanted quashed. He has publicly gone after in verbal statements or tweets the deputy attorney general and the acting FBI director. And now, he has publicly chastised the attorney general for making a decision required by the department’s ethics rules.

Take note of who he is firing or pressuring to resign in his first six months in office — these are the senior government officials responsible for the equitable enforcement of our laws. The president is attacking the integrity of the leadership of the Department of Justice, the fair application of the law, and the pursuit of truth.

Emphasis mine.

This is dangerous and certainly not what a party supposedly committed to law and order ought to be supporting.

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  1. gVOR08 says:

    Trump, and his supporters, with Putin, are assaulting not just the rule of law but Liberal Democracy itself. Hell, they want to take back the Enlightenment. Bannon et al are right when they say there is a war against Western Culture, they just lie about what side they’re on.

  2. Just 'nutha ig'nint cracker says:

    You do realize that the key word in your closing statement is “supposedly,” right?

  3. @Just ‘nutha ig’nint cracker: Well, I did include that modifier consciously.

  4. M. Bouffant says:

    Can we finally be honest & admit that “law & order” is nothing more or less than code for white supremacy & police thuggery, as clearly evidenced by Trump’s speech to the police earlier in the wk.?

  5. Mister Bluster says:

    @M. Bouffant:..“law & order” is nothing more or less than code for white supremacy & police thuggery,..

    And so much more.
    See Spiro Agnew who ranted in a speech before Illinois Republican meeting, Springfield, Illinois, September 10, 1970
    “Ultraliberalism today translates into a whimpering isolationism in foreign policy, a mulish obstructionism in domestic policy, and a pusillanimous pussyfooting on the critical issue of law and order.”

    Agnew was investigated by the United States Attorney for the District of Maryland in 1973 on account of charges of conspiracy, bribery, extortion and tax fraud. He was charged with having accepted bribes totaling more than $100,000 while holding office as Baltimore County Executive, Governor of Maryland, and Vice President. On October 10 that same year, Agnew was allowed to plead no contest to a single charge that he had failed to report $29,500 of income received in 1967, with the condition that he resign the office of Vice President.

    Talk about coddling a criminal!

  6. Mister Bluster says:

    For what it’s worth:
    Police Departments from Coast to Coast Are Reacting to Trump’s Speech to Cops—and It’s Brutal
    “To suggest that police officers apply any standard in the use of force other than what is reasonable and necessary is irresponsible, unprofessional and sends to wrong message to law enforcement as well as the public,” New York police commissioner James P. O’Neill