AIM: With news this week the Department of Justice had reopened investigations into the Clinton Foundation and Hillary Clinton’s private email server, the mainstream media has suddenly become concerned with the politicization of the U.S. justice system.
Talking Points Memo was the latest to put forth this line. From President Trump’s calls to “lock her up” on the campaign trail to his demands that Hillary and her former aide Huma Abedin go to jail for various offenses to his criticism of Attorney General Jeff Sessions for failing to protect him from the Mueller investigation, he seems willing to bend the justice process to his will, the story suggested.
“Taken together, the developments suggest a concerted effort by the Trump administration and its allies to push back against Mueller’s intensifying probe, by marshaling the full power of the federal government against the president’s political opponents. That poses a direct threat to the independence and impartiality of the justice system, former DOJ officials told TPM.”
To some, the developments posed even more of a threat – a threat to our very system of government. The story quoted Ken McCallion, a former federal prosecutor who also has represented foreign political leaders targeted by authoritarian governments, saying, “If we are slowly sliding from a fully democratic country to a more totalitarian, pseudo-democratic one, one of the signs of that will be politicization of the decisions of the judicial process.”
The left is most worried about the revived investigation into the Clinton Foundation and whether the Clintons accepted donations or speaking fees in exchange for policy considerations to be addressed when Hillary Clinton became president. read more