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Trump’s New Attorney General Reveals He Has No Idea How The Constitution Works

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President Donald Trump has a history of appointing people to senior positions within his administration who are totally unqualified for the job in question. Perhaps this is unsurprising, considering that Trump himself – a billionaire businessman and reality TV star – is totally unsuited to hold the office of President of the United States and leader of the free world. For instance, he recently appointed an Ambassador to Mexico who is just a member of his Mar-a-Lago golf club, which is just laughable. Maybe this is what he meant by Drain The Swamp?

Things get a lot more serious when it comes to highly consequential roles such as Attorney General. The Justice Department has commissioned an investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign in the 2016 presidential election and Russian state actors in order to steal the election result and unfairly win the White House for Donald Trump, as well as claims that the Trump team subsequently committed obstruction of justice in an attempt to cover up what they had done. The probe has cast a dark cloud over the Trump presidency, and threatens to take him down altogether when it finally reaches its climax. So, the person who holds the role of Attorney General and therefore essentially runs the Justice Department and oversees the Mueller probe is extremely important.

It is no secret that Trump had long been desperate to fire former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, ever since he (quite selfishly but probably wisely) recused himself from the Mueller investigation, thereby saving himself but putting Trump in a very uncomfortable position. Immediately after the midterm elections of November of last year, Sessions was given the boot. Passing over Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (as a result of the fact that he has indicated that he understands and supports the democratic necessity for the existence and freedom of the inquiry) Trump appointed former Chief of Staff to Jeff Sessions, Matt Whitaker to the position of Acting Attorney General, simply because he had previously expressed reservations about the Mueller probe.

Whitaker was a terrible choice for the job, not least because of his extremely questionable past, including allegations of financial fraud. On the plus side, it was only a temporary appointment. On the down side, Trump’s nomination to replace him on a permanent basis – Bill Barr – just revealed in his confirmation hearing that he does not understand what the Emoluments Clause is or how it works. “I think there is a dispute as to what the emoluments clause relates to,” Barr told the Senate while maintaining that he’s never researched the subject. “I couldn’t even tell you what it says.”

That’s right. Trump’s new pick for Attorney General does not understand the key part of the Constitution that the President is accused of having violated. You just could not make this stuff up.


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