The president tweeted that the “legendary Crooked Hillary Clinton, rigged the Primaries! Lets [sic] go FBI & Justice Dept.” A president’s directing a particular investigation — especially of a former political rival — would be viewed by most officials in law enforcement as improper.
The Justice Department has identified more than six members of the Russian government involved in hacking the Democratic National Committee’s computers and swiping sensitive information that became public during the 2016 presidential election, the Wall Street Journal reports.
So says Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who attended a briefing by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The briefing occurred a day after Rosenstein chose former FBI director Robert Mueller to lead the probe.
FBI director James Comey said his work wouldn’t be influenced by politics, yet he spoke publicly about the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails while not disclosing a simultaneous probe of Donald Trump’s campaign.
In a critique of the Trump administration’s first 100 days in office, the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University complains that the president and Attorney General Jeff Sessions talk about a “nonexistent crime wave.”
Applications are up 9 percent at George Washington University law school in Washington, D.C. Some legal educators say the turmoil in the early Trump administration is prompting more of an interest in the law.