The Justice Department just refused to cooperate with House Republicans’ latest anti-Mueller plot

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller is slowly backing the entire Trump administration into a corner and — like the pack of cornered rats they are — they’ve begun to claw at all sides, desperate for a way out.

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In a blatant attempt to undermine Mueller, GOP lawmakers have accused the Justice Department and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in particular of blocking them from getting their hands on documents related to both the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails and FISA warrant applications. They contend that the latter reveal bias among ranking officials. It’s a ploy to lay the groundwork for firing Rosenstein and then Mueller.

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The Republican smokescreen is led by the House Freedom Caucus, some of the most radical and unhinged conservatives currently infesting our government. The fact that they’re willing to attack the rule of law and those who enforce it to protect a slimy, incompetent president tells you all you really need to know about the quality of their collective character.

Now, Trump and his minions have received some less-than-stellar news. The Hill reports that the DOJ has officially declined the Republicans’ documents request. They will not be handed over an unredacted memorandum that outlines the nature and details of Mueller’s ongoing investigation. Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd penned a letter explaining the department’s decision.

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“Although we are working to accommodate the requests of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in a number of oversight matters, we cannot provide the requested information pertaining to the Special Counsel’s ongoing investigation consistent with longstanding principles of investigatory independence,” writes Boyd.

Not surprisingly, Trump tried to exploit the Freedom Caucus’s offensive earlier today. This morning he tweeted about the “Rigged System” and accused the Justice Department of failing to hand over the aforementioned documents. Instead of offering a coherent explanation for what’s going on, he insinuated conspiracy by posing questions. “Why so much redacting? Why such unequal ‘justice’?”

The tweet ended with an ominous threat that Trump may use his presidential powers soon to “get involved” which could mean anything from interfering at the Justice Department by pushing for the release of information to taking steps to actually fire Rosenstein.

Either would be completely inappropriate and could perhaps even constitute obstruction of justice. The corruption so blatantly on display in the tweet is stunning, and a sign of ill things to come.

The DOJ’s decision is the right one. The integrity of the justice system rests upon its nonpartisanship and ability to conduct its responsibilities free from the influence of outside agendas. Republicans are cynically trying to corrupt the investigative process to save their criminal president. They can’t be allowed to succeed.

Robert Haffey

Robert Haffey is a political writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.

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