Orange Menace tries to thwart what now seems to be continuing investigations of his empire by influencing the choice of US attorneys in the Southern and Eastern Districts.
We have already seen the peripheral effects of his removal of US attorneys and some subsequent maneuvering of some #TrumpRussia related cases involving Russian oligarchs.
Perhaps too little too late but such machinations are indicative of Trump’s nervousness since separate NYS prosecution may inevitably put Mango Mussolini in the clink.
“It is neither normal nor advisable for Trump to personally interview candidates for US Attorney positions, especially the one in Manhattan,” former US attorney Preet Bharara tweeted Wednesday.
Ã¢ÂÂ Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) October 19, 2017
President Donald Trump has personally interviewed at least two potential candidates for U.S. attorney positions in New York, according to two sources familiar with the matter — a move that critics say raises questions about whether they can be sufficiently independent from the president.
Trump has interviewed Geoffrey Berman, who is currently at the law firm Greenberg Traurig for the job of U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Ed McNally of the firm Kasowitz Benson Torres for the Eastern District post, according to the sources.
with 93 US Attorneys to appoint, Trump interviewed only the three with jurisdiction to indict his associatesSen. Richard Blumenthal called the move to personally interview the candidates "alarming" and "troubling" in an interview with CNN Thursday."What's most alarming about the President interviewing these particular candidates for US attorney positions is that these chief federal prosecutors are going to decide whether to indict Trump campaign advisers or staff if there's collusion between the Trump campaign and Russians proven and possibly consider criminal charges against the President himself," the Connecticut Democrat said.There is a "potential coercive and intimidating aspect of" the meetings, Blumenthal added, saying he has spoken to fellow senators about "potentially blocking any nominees who have been interviewed by the President."
In 8 years, Obama never interviewed a single US attorney candidate. Now, Trump is interviewing hopefuls who could end up investigating him https://t.co/cQYV9pMXaD
Ã¢ÂÂ Robert Maguire (@RobertMaguire_) October 20, 2017
President Trump should NOT be interviewing US attorney candidates, especially those from NYÃ¢ÂÂwhere he has personal & business interests.
Ã¢ÂÂ Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) October 19, 2017