“News Analysis”: Trump weaponizes ‘deep state’ to investigate his investigators
NBC “News” ^ | May 23, 2018 | by Jonathan Allen
Posted on 5/23/2018, 3:01:39 PM by Oldeconomybuyer
President Donald Trump has long complained about what he calls a “witch hunt” investigation into his 2016 presidential campaign by “deep state” actors in the law enforcement and intelligence communities — a probe that he says was first designed to deny him the presidency and, after he won, to delegitimize or even remove him.
Now, with all the tools of that federal government at his disposal — including some of the very agencies he’s cast as enemies of his presidency and the American public — he is weaponizing them to make his case that he is the victim of malfeasance at the highest levels of American law enforcement.
In other words, Trump is using his powers, both formal and informal, to investigate the investigators.
“What goes around, comes around!” he tweeted Wednesday morning.
While experts on the Constitution say his latest moves may be legal by themselves, they express concern that Trump is operating outside of normal behavior for a president in the post-Watergate era and that, taken together, his attacks on various institutions and players over the course of his presidency could amount to an effort to obstruct justice.
“I don’t think the latest gambit is illegal, per se. It might depend on the motive. But the president is empowered to recommend such an investigation,” Richard Ben-Veniste, who served as an assistant special prosecutor in charge of the Watergate Task Force, said of the request for an expansion of the DOJ’s IG probe. “The problem is that things that are normally respected are disrespected in this administration, such as the distance the president should have from the Justice Department.”
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