Time’s decision to put President Trump on its cover depicted as a king omits key facts in the legal and philosophical arguments that the president and his advisers are making generally and in a 20-page memo reportedly sent to special counsel Robert Mueller in January and published June 2 by the New York Times.
Time wrote that “Trump’s lawyers articulated an almost boundless view of Executive authority, arguing that he cannot be compelled to testify and cannot have obstructed justice because he has control over all federal investigations … Spurred by his desire to discredit the Mueller investigation, Trump is putting America’s founding principles on trial, from its independent justice system to the separation of powers to the rule of law.”
Yet by propagating a thesis of reckless executive overreach disrespecting separation of powers, Time downplays any acknowledgment that officials within the clandestine services have arguably obstructed the legislative branch’s repeated requests for documents and evidence around the Mueller probe and its genesis. Time also ignores the statement by the president’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, stating that if they deemed necessary, their legal team would take their grievances to the judicial branch–a sign of deference to judicial oversight.
Yet even Time had to admit that there is enormous public skepticism of the ongoing Mueller investigation and that the longer the investigation: “In a May CBS News poll, 53 percent of Americans said they believed Mueller’s investigation was politically motivated, up 5 points in five months. An Economist/YouGov poll the same month found that 75 percent of Republicans agreed with Trump’s claim that the probe is a “witch hunt” (though only 37 percent of the overall public agreed). With Trump’s 87 percent support among Republicans, the only President since the 1940s who has been as loved by his own party after 500 days in office is Bush, post-9/11.”
Time’s editorial staff could very well be creating more sympathy for President Trump through its caricature of a man they can’t see through an objective lens.