We only have one pro rule-of-law party in America

And it’s the Democrats.  Seriously.  And this is why every American who actually supports the rule of law really should be voting for Democrats in November.  From the NYT:

President Trump on Monday attacked Jeff Sessions, his attorney general, over the Justice Department’s decision to bring criminal charges against two Republican congressmen ahead of the midterm elections, linking the department’s actions with his party’s political fate.

In a pair of tweets sent midafternoon, Mr. Trump suggested that the Justice Department should not have brought charges against two “very popular” Republican lawmakers running for re-election so close to November because it could jeopardize the party’s control of the House.

“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,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter. “Two easy wins now in doubt because there is not enough time. Good job Jeff.”…

The president was most likely referring to two recent cases: Last month, Duncan Hunter, Republican of California, was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges that he and his wife, Margaret, used more than $250,000 in campaign funds to pay for personal expenses. Chris Collins, a Republican of New York and an ardent supporter of Mr. Trump’s, was indicted on charges of insider trading.

Among other things, innocent until proven guilty and all, but Hunter and Collins both appear to be quite guilty of truly disgusting levels of corruption.  But, that’s not the point.  The point is how utterly and completely this violates the most basic tenets of the rule of law.  Mike Munger:

And the Reason piece is pretty good:

The president appears to suggest that getting Republicans elected should come before impartial application of the law. Obviously, it set off alarms across political media and observers, with many suggesting that this goes above and beyond Trump’s typically awful Twitter tirades.

Appears to suggest.  Ummm, no.  Clearly argues.  Anyway…

Few within the GOP, however, have condemned or even commented on Trump’s statement. So far, the total conservative congressional outcry seems to come from Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, and Michigan Rep. Justin Amash.

“The United States is not some banana republic with a two-tiered system of justice—one for the majority party and one for the minority party,” said Sasse in a statement.

The two men Trump was referring to—Reps. Chris Collins (R–New York) and Duncan D. Hunter (R–Calif.), both big Trump supporters—”have been charged with crimes because of evidence, not because of who the President was when the investigations began,” Sasse’s statement continued. “Instead of commenting on ongoing investigations and prosecutions,” Trump should be concerned with “defend[ing] the Constitution and protect[ing] the impartial administration of justice.”

Outgoing Sen. Jeff Flake (R–Ariz.) tweeted a Washington Post article on the outburst, adding, “This is not the conduct of a President committed to defending and upholding the constitution, but rather a President looking to use the Department of Justice to settle political scores.”

In addition, Amash was also slightly critical, tweeting out that “we must never place politics above the rule of law.”

And that’s it!!  Some moderately harsh words on twitter basically mark the sum total of the GOP standing up to this horribly, demonstrably, anti rule of law posture of Trump’s.  And, heck, who even cares because there was a Supreme Court nomination hearing yesterday.  Ugh!!!

Seriously, we have only one rule of law party in this country.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

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