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Judge Napolitano: Trump Shouldn't Have to Fight DOJ

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By    |   Thursday, 27 Jul 2017 09:48 AM

President Donald Trump's recent attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Department of Justice can be traced back to the choice to investigate his ties to Russia instead of prosecuting Hillary Clinton, according to Fox News' Judge Anthony Napolitano.

"How is it that parts of the DOJ cannot be controlled by the attorney general, whom Trump appointed to run the DOJ?" Napolitano wrote in a column released Thursday.

"And with a mountain of evidence of Clinton's espionage — her failure to safeguard state secrets, crimes far more treacherous than those alleged against Trump's campaign — why has she not been prosecuted?"

Despite former FBI Director James Comey's public decision to not recommend charges against Clinton, Napolitano writes that "the attorney general should not feel bound by Comey's decision to let Clinton go. He should put the evidence of her crimes before a fresh team of prosecutors and instruct them to present it to a grand jury for indictment."

According to the judge, the root of the problem is Trump's predecessor, saying that the president should "identify and indict" leakers.

"Shortly before he left office, President Barack Obama quietly changed a DOJ regulation so as to permit any federal intelligence agency . . . that lawfully possesses raw intelligence data to share it with any one or more of the other intelligence agencies. For generations, this had been prohibited."

One piece of data that was shared was the transcripts of a phone call between Trump's first national security adviser Mike Flynn and then-Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak. This eventually leaked to the media and led to Flynn's resignation.

"When portions of those transcripts were revealed to the press, it appeared that then-FBI Director James Comey thought there may have been a relationship between the Trump presidential campaign and the Russian government worth investigating."

Sessions concluded that his role in the Trump campaign could lead to a conflict of interest so he recused himself from the DOJ work involving Russian election interference. His deputy then appointed a special counsel, Robert Mueller, to investigate without influence from the Trump administration.

"Thus was born a now growing part of the DOJ, which is lawfully independent of the president and which has challenged him," Napolitano writes.

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President Donald Trump's recent attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Department of Justice can be traced back to the choice to investigate his ties to Russia instead of prosecuting Hillary Clinton, according to Fox News' Judge Anthony Napolitano.
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