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Profoundly stupid tactically, and profoundly hypocritical politically. Just three years after Democrats ran around shrieking over the “Lock her up” chants at Donald Trump rallies, Kamala Harris has decided to set her agenda on prosecuting the current president. She tells NPR that a Department of Justice in a Harris administration would indict and try Trump based on the obstruction counts in Robert Mueller’s report:
“There has to be accountability,” Harris added. “I mean look, people might, you know, question why I became a prosecutor. Well, I’ll tell you one of the reasons — I believe there should be accountability. Everyone should be held accountable, and the president is not above the law.”
The former San Francisco district attorney and California attorney general said she wasn’t dissuaded by the prospect of a former American president facing trial and a potential prison sentence. “The facts and the evidence will take the process where it leads,” she said.
“I do believe that we should believe Bob Mueller when he tells us essentially that the only reason an indictment was not returned is because of a memo in the Department of Justice that suggests you cannot indict a sitting president. But I’ve seen prosecution of cases on much less evidence.”
Let’s note up front that hypocrisy extends in both directions. Trump made the same dumb campaign pledge with Clinton, too. How did that work out? Trump won, but not because he was going to prosecute Hillary; he won because Hillary never showed up in Wisconsin and barely paid attention to Michigan and Pennsylvania. Trump ended up backing off his “lock her up” promise immediately after winning, but still does little to discourage that chant at rallies, when it occurs at all any more. Anyone feigning shock, shock at this breakdown of American norms from Harris’ pledge had better first note the obvious precedent.
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Of course, once Trump is no longer president, the DOJ will be free to indict him on campaign finance violations as… https://t.co/SNnHqEU9dH
RT @Bill_Maxwell_: Regardless of whether Trump was charged with the crime of obstruction, “high crimes” do not have to be actual criminal o…
@PJ19071668 @HarrenGWarding @saletan "perjury traps" LOL you poor thing. Barr didn't pursue the Obstruction evidenc… https://t.co/Uxxddy93NC
@26DrDeath You must be watching Fox. The “nothing burger” had 10 cases of obstruction of justice. Mueller claimed t… https://t.co/aJMDbbGoWG
@b_gregory79 @4YrsToday The only reason that Muller didn't forward charges on the obstruction of justice is because… https://t.co/OHx2v5M50a