President Trump is growing bolder in his politicization of justice. There is a tool meant to be used in such cases: impeachment.
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Trump has directed or sought to direct law enforcement, including the Department of Justice and the FBI, to investigate and prosecute political adversaries and others -- and to not prosecute political allies.
This isn't new.
On the Friday before Election Day 2017, the president issued a remarkable series of public statements, including on Twitter, pressuring the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party, and other political adversaries.
Earlier, the president had called Army soldier Bowe Bergdahl a "dirty, rotten traitor" while court-martial charges were pending.
It's growing more brazen.
On September 3, President Donald J. Trump tweeted this:
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"Two long running, Obama era, investigations of two very popular Republican Congressmen were brought to a well publicized charge, just ahead of the Mid-Terms, by the Jeff Sessions Justice Department. Two easy wins now in doubt because there is not enough time. Good job Jeff…”
This can only be read as attempting to influence the current or a future Attorney General or others in law enforcement to politicize prosecutions.
In 1940, Attorney General (later Supreme Court Justice) Robert Jackson warned that "the greatest danger of abuse of prosecuting power" was "picking the man and then . . . putting investigators to work, to pin some offense on him." A chief executive who uses law enforcement to persecute political enemies is characteristic of a banana republic, not a constitutional republic. That is why Republican and Democratic presidents alike have respected the independence of law enforcement. In the case of military courts-martial, such as Bergdahl's, this limit is formalized in the prohibition of "command influence."
This is a quintessentially impeachable offense.
Congress set a precedent with the second article of impeachment against President Richard Nixon, which cited his use of federal investigative agencies against political opponents. Following this precedent, Trump's attempts to employ the criminal investigative powers of the federal government against political opponents "for purposes unrelated to national security, the enforcement of laws, or any other lawful function of his office" are grounds for impeachment, even if they have not yet succeeded in influencing law enforcement.
With the latest poll showing the U.S. public now supporting impeachment 49% to 46%, momentum is growing. We need to ramp up this campaign and can only do so with your support.
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