Trump really thinks it's the Justice Department's job to help Republicans win the midterms.
Trump touched off a firestorm Monday when he suggested the Justice Department shouldn't be prosecuting corrupt Republicans right before the midterm elections.
"Two long running, Obama era, investigations of two very popular Republican Congressmen were brought to a well publicized charge, just ahead of the Mid-Terms, by the Jeff Sessions Justice Department," Trump wrote. "Two easy wins now in doubt because there is not enough time. Good job Jeff[.]"
On Tuesday morning's edition of CNN's "New Day," New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman called Trump's statement "shocking" and "scary," and noted that Republicans would be "racing to call a hearing" if President Obama had said such a thing.
"We spend a lot of time on faux four-alarm fires," Haberman said. "This is a real four-alarm fire."
Haberman also pointed out that Trump, as usual, didn't have his facts straight.
"He tries to suggest these are long-running Obama cases," Haberman said, but pointed out that "one of them involves a call taken at the White House last year."
Trump's tweet alarmed many commentators. CNN's Jeffrey Toobin called the statement "impeachable," and even Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano noted that it gives "fodder" to Robert Mueller's obstruction investigation.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.