President Donald Trump certainly raised a few eyebrows when, during a brief interview with The New York Times, he claimed that he had “the absolute right” to do whatever he wanted to with the DOJ, as IJR previously reported.“I have absolute right to do what I want to do with the Justice Department. But for purposes of hopefully thinking I’m going to be treated fairly, I’ve stayed uninvolved with this particular matter.”
Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who has attacked Trump fairly regularly since being fired, took a shot.
But it was a swing and a miss as Article II, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution does, in fact, give the president power over the DOJ and every appointed member thereof.
The irony, not missed by many, is that President Trump was exercising precisely that right when he fired Bharara earlier this year.Former Attorney General Eric Holder has commented on the claim.
Holder, who called himself former President Barack Obama’s “wingman,” served as the 82nd Attorney General of the United States however, he was the first and only to be held in both criminal and civil contempt of Congress.
Former U.S. attorney Preet Bharara made himself the story when, after Attorney General Jeff Sessions called for the resignations of all remaining Obama-era U.S. attorneys, he refused to give his.President Donald Trump solved the problem by simply firing Bharara, who then went on to insinuate he was fired because he intended to investigate Trump directly but nothing ever came of that, and Bharara faded from public view.
A recent New York Times interview with President Trump made Bharara take notice, however particularly a claim that Trump made regarding his power over the Department of Justice.
There’s just one small problem with Bharara’s assessment: He’s wrong.
Article II, Section 2 of the United States Constitution expressly gives the president power over “Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States” and that certainly includes the DOJ.
Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney who was fired by President Donald Trump, took to Twitter to urge somewhat sarcastically the president to continue to tweet about the newly indicted Paul Manafort.It was a simple message that Bharara shared with Trump
Bharara’s tweet was in response to a Tuesday morning tweet storm from President Trump. In the tweets, the president doubled down on his claim that the charges brought against Manafort stemmed from “years ago” and had nothing to do with Trump himself.The president also underlined a sentiment shared by White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on Monday that one-time Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos was, in fact, a “volunteer.”
Back in March, Bharara was fired by the president after he refused to follow orders given by Attorney General Jeff Sessions instructing him and the 46 other U.S. attorneys appointed by President Barack Obama to resign.
According to ProPublica, Marc Kasowitz, one of Trump’s personal lawyers, urged the president to remove Bharara, saying, “This guy is going to get you.”
Attorney General Eric Holder brushed off a question Thursday about when he might leave the administration. Instead, the top lawman professed his allegiance to President Barack Obama.
“I’m still enjoying what I’m doing, there’s still work to be done. I’m still the President’s wing-man, so I’m there with my boy. So we’ll see,” Holder said in an interview on the Tom Joyner radio show.
Holder, who’s been held in contempt the House of Representatives and has been the focus of numerous Republican-led Congressional investigations, also joked that his childhood in New York left him well prepared for the slings and arrows of Washington.“It’s tough, but when you understand what the stakes are, and what the opportunity is that we have, I can deal with all the nonsense,” Holder said in the interview. “I can deal with whatever they throw at me. I grew up tough in New York City, you know, so if this is the best they’ve got in Washington, I’m ready for it.”