Thursday, July 27, 2017
The Memo: Justice Department veterans reeling over Sessions drama
At The Hill by Niall Stanage
Former Department of Justice (DOJ) officials are voicing one overarching concern as the battle between President Trump and Attorney General Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsScaramucci fast accruing power in White HouseThe Memo: Justice Department veterans reeling over Sessions dramaTrump’s attacks stun Republican senatorsMORE rages on: What if Trump fires Sessions and gets away with it?
DOJ veterans worry that Trump is contemplating an unprecedented power grab and question whether Congress will stand up to him — by refusing to confirm a replacement if Sessions is ousted, for example.
“There is a whole constitutional common law — the rules of the road — and it is vital,” said Harry Litman, a former U.S. attorney and deputy assistant attorney general. “It is based on examples of what people can and can’t do, but Trump shows every indication of disregarding it with impunity — and so far he has been able to. It’s kind of terrifying.”
Other former DOJ officials are also looking toward Republicans in Congress.