FBI Director Christopher Wray faces the tough challenge of defending the integrity of the FBI against the president's attacks while also protecting the bureau's political independence. The House Judiciary Committee should take today's oversight hearing as an opportunity to help him.
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Rosenstein and Wray must defend their workforce from the President’s unprecedented attacks but they must do so in ways that do not compromise the Mueller investigation or their role in it.
There are a few problems with Dershowitz's thesis.
Michael Flynn’s lies to the FBI are the latest in the series of falsehoods told to deny the extraordinary Trump-Russia relationship, and it is a mistake to assume that the former national security adviser acted without encouragement or direction.
A President’s Words Matter, Part III: The Trump Attack on the Department of Justice and the Politics of Demagoguery
Trump’s assault on governing norms is a product of a demagogic politics in which he presents himself as the only answer to failing institutions. A strong, sustained institutional defense is required to meet this challenge.
Seeing the President chafe with frustration at what he cannot do with law enforcement is as vivid a portrait as I have ever seen of American government structurally limiting the impulse to tyranny.
We are no longer used to great Senate speeches. The Greatest Deliberative Body on Earth has long since given up anything a thinking person would confuse with deliberation. The Senate speech, once form of storied oratory, has withered as the body itself has degraded. It's partly the fault of C-SPAN, which made possible the address to an empty chamber, the confusion of an actual audience with a television audience—the idea that a Senate speech was a vehicle for national dissemination of talking points, rather than a means of persuading one's colleagues of things one truly believed.
On Tuesday, Emma Kohse and Benjamin Wittes published their incisive comments on our Brookings Report, entitled “Presidential Obstruction of Justice: The Case of Donald J. Trump.” Kohse and Wittes note many points of agreement with our report, but they also write:
A president’s words, including his lies, are fully relevant to an assessment of his fitness for office. And, as the Framers appreciated and our history has shown, the leader who is a classic demagogue, pursuing political self-interest with a rhetoric characterized by falsehoods and disparagement, is a grave threat to democracy.
Brookings has issued a detailed report on obstruction of justice and President of Trump. We flag areas of common ground and a few notes of caution.