Accuracy in Media

With news this week the Department of Justice had reopened investigations into the Clinton Foundation and Hillary Clinton’s private email server, the mainstream media has suddenly become concerned with the politicization of the U.S. justice system.

Talking Points Memo was the latest to put forth this line. From President Trump’s calls to “lock her up” on the campaign trail to his demands that Hillary and her former aide Huma Abedin go to jail for various offenses to his criticism of Attorney General Jeff Sessions for failing to protect him from the Mueller investigation, he seems willing to bend the justice process to his will, the story suggested.

“Taken together, the developments suggest a concerted effort by the Trump administration and its allies to push back against Mueller’s intensifying probe, by marshaling the full power of the federal government against the president’s political opponents. That poses a direct threat to the independence and impartiality of the justice system, former DOJ officials told TPM.”

To some, the developments posed even more of a threat – a threat to our very system of government. The story quoted Ken McCallion, a former federal prosecutor who also has represented foreign political leaders targeted by authoritarian governments, saying, “If we are slowly sliding from a fully democratic country to a more totalitarian, pseudo-democratic one, one of the signs of that will be politicization of the decisions of the judicial process.”

The left is most worried about the revived investigation into the Clinton Foundation and whether the Clintons accepted donations or speaking fees in exchange for policy considerations to be addressed when Hillary Clinton became president.

“That’s in part because it was first reported by The Hill’s John Solomon, who has been digging into the foundation for over a decade and whose work has frequently pleased conservatives.”

Even as evidence mounts that top FBI officials were out to get Trump by whatever means necessary, Talking Points Memo suggests Trump’s public statements are essentially orders to begin investigations.

“The FBI’s hierarchical nature means that if an investigation originated from the top down, it would be difficult for agents to resist it, a former Obama Justice Department lawyer told TPM.”

The nation has been through bouts of politicization of the Justice Department before and survived. Eric Holder, attorney general for the first six years of the Obama administration, was quoted in a 2008 speech saying the Justice Department was “going to be looking for people who share our values.” And he did, setting off what one writer called politicized hiring practices “nearly unprecedented in scope.”

Holder’s politics – and the politics of his party – dictated a great deal of what the department did. It dictated that Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood shooter, did not commit an act of terrorism but rather one of workplace violence.

It dictated obtaining phone records of reporters and editors at the Associated Press and tapping the phone of both former Fox News reporter James Rosen and his parents. It dictated presidential pardons for two Weather Underground members and said a U.S. attorney in Tennessee telling a Muslim group social media posts inflammatory toward them could constitute actionable violations of civil rights.

It dictated, according to John Lott, a scholar who studies the issue, Holder supporting every gun control measure ever put before him and telling a Democrat women’s group he needed to launch a public campaign to “really brainwash people into thinking about guns in a vastly different way.”

It meant trying terrorists as criminal defendants rather than enemy combatants, eliminating the term ‘radical Islam’ from the Washington vocabulary and carrying out Operation Fast and Furious, in which his department gave guns to Mexican drug dealers – one of whom ended up using the gun to kill a U.S. Border Patrol agent.

The Justice Department reopened the Clinton investigation because it had not finished it earlier. Talking Points Memo’s piece admits as much, saying the investigation went on hiatus so as not to interfere in the election – a consideration that itself is politically motivated.

The mainstream media doesn’t have a good reason to call for a shutdown of these investigations. But from the look of this story, the media and its handlers in the Democratic Party are beginning to think they need one. 

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  • Chip

    What else would you expect from the MSM. This would be perfectly acceptable if it was reversed however, how dare you go against a Democrat. They don’t care anything about the truth, only their own agenda of lies and doing everything to discredit out president. I have my own news for all you fake news outlets, the world is catching on and people care less and less with what you have to say. Gone are the days when “we the people” were so trusting that we would actually believe what we heard on the news was the truth! Come on all you fake news people, get your head out of your ass, and start to report the true news, if you remember how to do that. Do a little research, again, if you know how to do that, on your beloved Hillary and you will see how crooked she really is and join the rest of us with: “Lock Her Up”!!

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  • seraphina gonter

    So Obama weaponized the IRS to block conservative groups from gaining non-profit status, and the left (likely Obama as well) weaponized the entire DOJ to go after Trump and his team, including illegal surveillance—and the MSM is silent. But suddenly NOW they’re concerned about those types of actions? PATHETIC-

  • Barry O’brien

    Hussien politicised the JD. Time to flush the toilet of lefty excrement.

  • TED

    Trump is the “direct threat” … to the majority of people in this country … not only the Justice Department.

    We’re at the point now where Trump himself is becoming irrelevant … while the real question becomes … what the hell’s the matter with the voters of this country who are allowing this “Trumpism” debacle to go on!?!?!

  • Realist

    Trump is a ‘Direct Threat’ to the Ruling Class, the democRAT-RINO cabal, the libcult operatives of the Ruling Class and the aligned confluence of interests that lies between the power-hungey and selfish who constitute the Axis of Evil..

    As for We the People, Trump is one of the few who speaks for our interests and for the Constitutional rule of law.

  • NonPCconservative

    “Irrelevant”? Your whole comment is irrelevant, like your entire miserable, whining existence.

  • Betty Capps

    If they can insist that Trump be investigated, Trump should be able to have others investigated that already have multiple priors! Someone should come out clean as a whistle, the other will come out blood stained.