Does your blood run cold when red and blue lights start flashing in the rearview mirror? Now, imagine 20 Republican former U.S. attorneys in 20 flashing cars start piling out and coming after you. All of a sudden, that fear that grasps people around the middle of their bodies gets 20 times worse. That is exactly where Donald Trump is.
Former U.S. attorney for Washington, D.C., and George W. Bush’s Assistant Attorney General for National Security Ken Wainstein came up with a letter. It states that Trump is “a threat to the rule of law in our country” and endorses the Joe Biden–Kamala Harris ticket.
Last August, “dozens of GOP national security experts signed a full-page newspaper ad endorsing Biden over Trump,” The Washington Post reported.
These former prosecutors’ open letter read, according to another The Washington Post article:
‘The President has clearly conveyed that he expects his Justice Department appointees and prosecutors to serve his personal and political interests action against those who have stood up for the interests of justice.’
‘He has politicized the Justice Department, dictating its priorities along political lines and breaking down the barrier that prior administrations had maintained between political and prosecutorial decision-making.’
Trump campaign spokesperson Hogan Gidley responded by email:
‘No one should be surprised establishment elitists are supporting Joe Biden when Joe Biden promised to redirect funds away from police. I noticed their worry for politics wasn’t voiced when Joe Biden’s DOJ claimed to be a “wingman” for the Administration, and I must have missed their unease for disunity when Biden refused to condemn his supporters for burning down churches, destroying businesses, and physically assaulting innocent Americans in the streets.’
U.S. attorneys from Florida, Minnesota, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and other states’ and no longer working for the government signed it. Former U.S. Attorney for Nevada and Trump’s FBI’s Assistant Director for Congressional Affairs Gregory Browser signed the letter, too:
‘I had an up-close view of how the President and the White House dealt with the Justice Department in recent years. It’s clear that President Trump views the Justice Department and the FBI as his own personal law firm and investigative agency. He made that clear privately — and publicly.’
Then, the letter explained that even though they were appointees, their jobs were not political:
‘Although we were political appointees, it was expected that politics would play no role in the exercise of our prosecutorial discretion and that we would make decisions according to the facts and law and without regard to their political implications closely with state and local officials of all political affiliations.’
Trump, on the other hand, has:
‘[Trump] undermined the Department’s ability to unify and lead our nation’s law enforcement by picking political fights with state and local officials in a naked effort to demonize and blame them for the disturbances in our cities over the past several months.’
Former “two-time U.S. attorney in Minnesota Tom Heffelfinger” signed the letter. He did it for three reasons: how Trump mistreats women, his destruction of the Department of Justice, and his mishandling events after Minneapolis’ George Floyd’s death in police custody. When Floyd called out for his “Mama,” mothers across the country heard him:
‘He bad-mouthed the mayor, the governor, leaders who were trying to get things under control.. Trump was interfering, demoralizing local officials and dividing the country. I can’t look at myself in the mirror, I can’t look my daughters in the face if I can’t do what I can to get rid of him.’
Weinstein said America’s allies were disturbed when Trump released classified material about sources “who provided information about Russia’s interference in the 2016 election:”
‘It has caught the attention of foreign partners in a way that makes them ask whether they can trust us going forward.’
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