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Trump Pressured Incoming Attorney General on Election

“An hour before President Donald Trump announced in December that William Barr would step down as attorney general, the president began pressuring Mr. Barr’s eventual replacement to have the Justice Department take up his false claims of election fraud,” the New York Times reports.

These emails “are also the latest example of Mr. Trump’s frenzied drive to subvert the election results in the final weeks of his presidency, including ratcheting up pressure on the Justice Department. And they show that Mr. Trump flouted an established anticorruption norm that the Justice Department acts independently of the White House on criminal investigations or law enforcement actions, a gap that steadily eroded during Mr. Trump’s term.”

If you think this is fine, would it also have been fine if Hillary had been elected in 2016 and did this in 2020?

from the comments:

- Trump always treated the United States Attorney General -- and by extension, the whole Justice Dept and the FBI -- as his personal attorney and go-fers from Day 1, as the guys responsible for bailing him out of his screw-ups and covering up his crimes. It's why he was so furious with Sessions and Comey for having even an ounce of integrity and independence. And it's why he was mostly thrilled with Barr, who understood his role well... up until the job meant attacking democracy after the election was lost. (He'd been happy to do so while there was still a chance it could help them win.)
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