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Can Trump Tell the Justice Department To Do Whatever He Wants? Not according to the Constitution.

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“The Constitution compels the president, among other things, to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” Trump has described that document as “like a foreign language,”  so let’s explain that  this clause does not give him the authority to run the Justice Dept. like a goon squad at one of his failed casinos. In any ordinary Justice Department, a president publicly calling for leniency toward a close personal ally would set off alarm bells. An aspiring autocrat is only as powerful as his enablers, and  Trump hit the jackpot in Mr. Barr.The departure of four respected prosecutors under these circumstances should worry all Americans, as Congress abdicates its responsibility to act as a check on the executive and Trump packs the Justice Department with loyalists like Mr. Barr, upholding the law, and not to helping a president abuse his office.”

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I began teaching in 1963,; Ba and BS in Education -Brooklyn College. I have the equivalent of 2 additional Master's, mainly in Literacy Studies and Graphic Design. I was the only seventh grade teacher of English from 1990 -1999 at East Side (more...)
 

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