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Sun’s opinion area Simply when we believed it was safe to take a breath …
The 2018 midterm election outcomes weren’t even in the books Wednesday morning when President Donald Trump stuck yet another finger in the eye of justice and released his newest attack on the guideline of law.
It is no secret that Trump no longer likes the guy he originally picked for lawyer general of the United States, Jeff Sessions– who actually does?– so shooting him as his first agenda in the brand-new political world order must have come as not a surprise. And, of course, Trump has the right to fire Sessions. The concern, however, for the American public and more notably, for the special counsel, is whether he must have done so.
As an aside, the rise and fall of Sessions is one for the history books. He left a safe Senate seat in Alabama (which led to a Democrat taking his place in the ruby red state) to become his idol’s attorney general, just to follow the law and recuse himself from the Russia probe. The recusal upset in charge a lot that he is now out of a job, a Senate seat and, honestly, any specific political favor a Republican from Alabama might enjoy who has actually crossed the pride of Trumpworld, the male himself.
But I digress. The issue now is the guy who would be attorney general (acting or otherwise), Matthew Whitaker. Who is Whitaker?
Besides being a man who has as much or more reason to immediately recuse himself from the Russia examination as Sessions ever did, it appears that Trump’s new preferred taste at the Justice Department is an individual with a plan to slow to a halt Robert Mueller’s investigation.
Whitaker is also a guy who has actually been auditioning for this job all year by telling anyone who will listen that he believes the Russia examination is a sham, that “there is no collusion” by Trump which using the Justice Department and other agencies to examine political competitors is OKAY with him.
Simply put, Whitaker makes President Richard Nixon and his opponents list appearance benign. He is the type of person whom any autocrat or totalitarian wannabe would like to have at his side– a person relatively brief on scruples, ethics and morals. Whatever it takes is what he appears willing to provide. In the films, that might certify him for wet work, however in reality, it does not come close to what it takes to run the U.S. Department of Justice.
All of this might discuss why Trump appointed Whitaker as acting attorney general of the United States. It likewise explains what a prima facie case of obstruction of justice appears like, should Mueller require any assistance.
You can’t make this stuff up. And even though it would have been good to give the nation a rest from the daily drama that has actually defined the Trump presidency, the fact stays that, to estimate President Ronald Reagan, “Here we go once again.” As in: When is Trump going to act like a genuine president and not just somebody more interested in his own well-being than the wellness of the people who employed him?
That, I predict together with most of the thinking world, will never take place. Trump simply isn’t made that method.
So, at a time when votes are still being counted, strategies are being made for a peaceful transfer of power in a not-so-politically serene House of Representatives and normal Americans are looking forward to a respite from politics so they can get back to their lives, we have brand name new drama to keep us up at night.
Why? Due to the fact that the president, of all individuals, can just think about himself and the people around him– as in his relatives who might remain in jeopardy if Mueller’s team produces anything incriminating. That is why Trump stuck Whitaker in at the top of the Justice Department: to prevent any form of justice from taking place.
At this moment, assuming the Republican-led Senate continues to stay prostrate prior to their American idol by refusing to hold an unattended and out-of-balance executive, well, inspected and stabilized, it seems likely that Trump’s next act will be vanishing the Mueller probe. And this time, rather of a problematic but law-following Sessions at the top of the Justice Department, we will have an unabashed and unapologetic Trump protector running the show.
Yes, dear readers, as much as you believed you had actually done your best to right our ship of state, and you did that very well and properly, the truth remains that we should do a great deal more to keep this ship on the course of flexibility and democracy.
There is no other sensible explanation. The actions of Trump this past week are the actions of a male ridden with regret, a man trying to steer the wheels of the Justice Department his method and not along the course of justice.
And prior to you believe that the courts will protect America against the pending constitutional crisis Trump will release, remember this:
The 2 justices Trump placed on the Supreme Court come from that school of thought that states the president, specifically this president, can do no incorrect. Relying on this court to stop this president might be an act of severe foolishness.
We don’t have the luxury right now of taking a deep breath. We hardly have time to capture our breath. So remain concentrated and do not let up.
By the way, you can call me in the middle of the night. I will not be sleeping either.
Brian Greenspun is editor, publisher and owner of the Sun.