Donald Trump’s angry morning tweet storm brings us clearly into the territory, where we may have been for a while, of a president bent on destroying the authority of the Justice Department.
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President Trump's recent expressions of his lack of confidence in Attorney General Jeff Sessions are further evidence of the White House's disregard for the independence of the Justice Department.
The president has just put Robert Mueller on notice of what he has likely long suspected: Mueller may not have much time to complete his investigation.
On Wednesday, Axios wrote a piece outlining how President Trump’s own statements could threaten his trade policy objectives: “President Trump wants to invoke a national security provision to stop the ‘dumping’ of cheap steel into America, but trade lawyers believe Trump's public statements —and dubious legal reasoning—could expose the administration to significant legal problems.”
If Preisdent Trump were to remove Robert Mueller as special counsel, this would be a grave breach of constitutional norms. But constitutional crisis would set in only if congressional Republicans failed to hold the president to account.
Chapter 3 of Charles Black, Jr.'s Impeachment: A Handbook.
Notes on a classic in the age of Trump.
The president’s comments raise questions about the nature and structure of his legal defense, and about the further harm Trump may have done to his legal position.
In an interview with the New York Times, President Trump yesterday issued a stunning vote of no-confidence in basically everyone currently in a leadership position in the Justice Department, the FBI, or the special counsel’s office.