A Rigged System – They don’t want to turn over Documents to Congress. What are they afraid of? Why so much redacting? Why such unequal “justice?” At some point I will have no choice but to use the powers granted to the Presidency and get involved!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 2, 2018
Trump appears to be responding to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election meddling. At an event yesterday, Rosenstein was asked about a group of conservative House Republicans drafting articles of impeachment against him, accusing him of stonewalling a request made by the House Intelligence Committee for documents on the Russia investigation.
“The Department of Justice is not going to be extorted,” Rosenstein replied. Coming from an official who has largely tried to remain low-key, the comments were notably pointed.
The redaction Trump is referring to is this memo setting out the scope of Mueller’s investigation.
It was produced in a court filing to show that Manafort’s actions were within the scope of Mueller’s investigation. But the rest of it was redacted, and Trump’s lawyers and GOP supporters in Congress want to know what it says.
I am not sure what is meant by “unequal justice”, but I suspect he thinks that Hillary got it easy from the DOJ/FBI, while Trump is being investigated. That would be a weird position if he wants to argue later that the DOJ/FBI was too TOUGH on Clinton.
The President has recently been ramping up his threats to intervene with the DOJ, telling Fox and Friends last week that top FBI and DOJ officials were “corrupt.” Though he tries to stay away, he said, “at some point, I won’t.”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) urged caution on Wednesday, telling Trump in a tweet in response that the president doesn’t have the power to interfere with the Russia probe, and that firing Rosenstein or Mueller “would create a constitutional crisis.”
Mr. President, the powers of the Presidency do not give you the right to interfere with or shut down the Russia investigation. Firing the Deputy AG or Director Mueller would create a constitutional crisis. Do not go down this road. https://t.co/rqhxKFYYQC
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) May 2, 2018
Yeah. It would actually make an obstruction charge even worse for the President.
Anyway, here’s a tweet from less than two months ago:
Two of those three lawyers are now gone.