The DOJ has begun to effect the president’s will by chipping away at the legitimacy of the Mueller investigation as well as the prosecutions of Trump’s allies that emerged from it.
Rebecca Roiphe, a former prosecutor in Manhattan, is a professor of law at New York Law School where she teaches criminal law and ethics. Her research focuses on prosecutorial ethics and the role of lawyers in American democracy.
Robert Mueller’s silence in the face of Trump’s attacks was noble—but a disservice. Not answering back leaves the president unimpeded.
The special counsel would’ve been attacked as a partisan if he passed judgment on the president. Instead, the attorney general did, with implications for the Justice Department.