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Donald Trump and Constitutional Separation of Powers

Politico reports

“President Donald Trump insisted in a tweet Friday that he has a “legal right” to demand that Attorney General William Barr intervene in a federal criminal case — just hours after the Justice Department chief asserted that the president’s social media posts “make it impossible for me to do my job.”

“‘The President has never asked me to do anything in a criminal case.’ A.G. Barr,” Trump wrote, paraphrasing the attorney general’s remarks in an interview with ABC News that aired Thursday.”

In my first college semester Political Science class, we learned and discussed constitutional separation of powers.  Forty of the 50 states have constitutions of the same.   Elected officials cannot intervene in court cases.

I remember many years ago organizations of citizens who saw corruption in federal courts wrote their U.S. Reps and Senators.  They all received letters that stated about the separation of powers and advised that they obtain private legal counsel.

It is a slap in the face of the U.S. Constitution and separation of powers for Donald Trump to assume that he has a legal right to demand the U.S. Attorney General to intervene in a federal criminal case or any other case.  He appears to be a man whose only motivation to be president of the U.S. is to use the power of the position to benefit his friends and pay retribution to those he cannot exploit.

 

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