Trump and Sessions and Obstruction of Justice, January 5, 2018

It is NOT NORMAL for the president, as reported by the New York Times, to expect legal protection from the Attorney General. It is NOT NORMAL for the president to plaintively request “my Roy Cohn.” It is NOT NORMAL for an aide to the Attorney General to actively seek damaging information on the then-director of the FBI, citing a goal of one negative story per day. Finally, it is NOT NORMAL for a White House lawyer to attempt to mislead the president about the feasibility of firing the then-director of the FBI in hopes of preventing an act he believed would be obstruction of justice.

Source: the New York Times.


White House Counsel Knew Flynn Broke the Law, December 21, 2017

It is NOT NORMAL that the White House counsel researched the federal laws covering lying to investigators and violating the Logan Act in the first days of the current administration and warned the president about the possibility that the National Security Adviser had broken these laws. In other words, the president had been informed that the National Security Adviser was likely in legal danger before he fired the FBI director who was investigating these matters.

Source: Foreign Policy.

Complaints about Mueller Obtaining Transition Emails, December 16, 2017

It is NOT NORMAL for the president’s legal team to assert that the special counsel obtained emails sent during the transition illegally and that the emails were subject to executive privilege. Transition team members signed agreements that specifically state that they have no reasonable expectation of privacy regarding the emails, and executive privilege cannot be asserted until the president is actually the president, not the president-elect.

Sources: Buzzfeed, Politico. In addition, this Twitter thread isn’t really a source but I found it informative.

Russia Sanctions Would Be “Ripped Up,” December 6, 2017

It is NOT NORMAL for the presumptive national security adviser to text a business associate on Inauguration Day to say that their business project could move forward because sanctions against Russia would be “ripped up.” I do not think the Founders anticipated that a presidential administration would be basing the nation’s foreign policy on personal business incentives.

Source: the New York Times.