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Friday, June 14, 2019

Kamala Harris taught a master class this week in how not to address the question of accountability for President Trump, declaring to the NPR Politics Podcast that she favors Trump's indictment and prosecution after he leaves office.

Asked if she believes prosecutors should bring a case against Trump, Harris said, "I believe that they would have no choice and that they should, yes."

"There has to be accountability," she elaborated...

She refrained from chanting, "Lock Him Up!" -- for which I suppose we should be grateful....


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Paul Rosenzweig is fond of saying that you don't protect norms by violating norms. And with the president so flagrantly and consistently abusing basic expectations regarding the nonpoliticization of law enforcement, it is tempting to be tolerant when Democrats -- or Republicans, for that matter -- return the favor in some small measure. But declaring someone guilty of crimes, as Pelosi reportedly did, and saying that as president you would supervise that person's prosecution, as Harris did, is poisonous stuff in a democracy that cares about apolitical law enforcement.

It's poisonous to a society that believes in a presumption of innocence. It's poisonous to a society that believes in limiting the relationship between political actors -- including the president -- and the deployment of the coercive powers of the state against individuals. A presidential candidate's promising a law enforcement outcome against an individual should be unacceptable -- even to those who fervently wish to see Trump in the defendant's chair in federal court.


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Another article on the topic...

Why Matt Whitaker and Letitia James [NY AG] Should Both Consider Recusal

...Let's start with a few modest propositions:

- Law enforcement officials must play it scrupulously down the middle.

- It is extraordinarily dangerous for those with enormous investigative and prosecutorial power to use it to settle scores or punish opponents.

- Facts and law must drive an investigation to its logical conclusion, rather than preconceived notions and political biases.

- Perceptions matter. A lot. It is important for the legitimacy of law enforcement that its work not just be apolitical but that it also appear apolitical.

Simple enough, right? These are among the principles that all good prosecutors abide. They are the reason many people rightly have concerns about Matt Whitaker's service as acting attorney general of the United States. For the same reason, they also raise concerns about New York's incoming state attorney general, Letitia James....

Both articles are long-ish and, imo, worth the time to read.

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-06-14 03:18 PM | Reply

Well done. Just what this place needs to hear.

You can't rail against the Trump monster and his behavior,

if you're going to melt down like a Hershey bar on the dashboard of a '72 Pontiac.

#2 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-06-14 04:48 PM | Reply

The Woken One's inner tyrant is just screaming to get out.

#3 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-06-14 04:53 PM | Reply

So far, it looks like two people have completely missed the point of the articles. ;)

#4 | Posted by lamplighter at 2019-06-14 05:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#4 I was just going to say the same. hi-lariously predictable.

#5 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-06-14 05:59 PM | Reply

No. Keep talking about this BS. MSNBC's ratings are down 33% over last year because people want to keep Trump haters rant. People are starting to realize Democrats offer nothing except hating Trump. And Sloppy Joe needs to stop hiding like Hillary did, or don't his people realize that history repeats itself?

#6 | Posted by Spork at 2019-06-14 07:54 PM | Reply


So... I take it you didn't take the time to read the cited articles?

#7 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-06-14 09:13 PM | Reply

It's Republicans doing all the talking about impeachment. They think it'll help Trump's reelection chances.

#8 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-06-15 12:38 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

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