President Donald Trump crossed a line this morning when he interfered in the Justice Department’s investigation into the 2016 election and his campaign’s alleged collusion with agents of the Russian Federation.
Trump took to Twitter and publicly demanded that his Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, who was forced to recuse himself from the investigation due to his own secret meetings with the Russian ambassador.
..This is a terrible situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further. Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to USA!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 1, 2018
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While it’s nothing he hasn’t said before, the president’s attack on the Mueller investigation represents a dangerous abuse of his power and a serious existential threat to the checks and balances that are in place to hold the executive branch accountable.
Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates set wheels of this entire investigation in motion when she warned the White House about the potential blackmailing of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn by Russia, and she took to Twitter this afternoon to issue another warning that the American people need to take to heart:
Today our president called on his (recused) AG to shut down the investigation of his own campaign. As shocking as that is, what’s even more dangerous is that we’ve gotten used to it. The rule of law won’t evaporate overnight, but it can slip away—if we let it.
— Sally Yates (@SallyQYates) August 1, 2018