Alongside concerns about Russian meddling in U.S. elections, another concern has started to mature: the question of Russian exploitation of the American and international legal systems.
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A presidential candidate’s promising a law enforcement outcome against an individual should be unacceptable—even to those who fervently wish to see Donald Trump in the defendant’s chair in federal court.
The most that can be hoped of someone in Mueller’s challenging position is that if he made mistakes, it will be apparent that he erred in good faith, not for condemnable lack of judgment, independence or courage—and in all likelihood, another pick for the job would have done worse.
A depressing reflection on the state of norms and institutions.
A Different View on the President’s Delegation of Declassification Authority to the Attorney General
There are good reasons to investigate the Trump campaign investigators, and to give the attorney general limited declassification authority for that investigation.
Robert Mueller’s keen awareness of his legal requirements and restrictions drove his choices throughout the special counsel investigation about what he had to do and what he could not do.
Read the special counsel’s remarks.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller will deliver a statement at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday on the investigation he led into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election. A livestream is available below, via the Washington Post.
Attorney General William Barr denies bond hearings to detained asylum seekers whose claims have been found viable, and a class action suit challenges this detention without process.
President Trump has conferred on Attorney General Bill Barr an unprecedented power over the intelligence community. The delegation will only increase public mistrust toward the Justice Department.