Democrats Are Defending Trump in Court
Don't be fooled by performative opposition. The system protects its own.
This past week, I’ve come across several notable news items that undercut the “Democrats are defending democracy” narrative.
First, the DOJ wants to block a subpoena to depose Donald Trump in the Peter Strzok case:
Second, the Biden administration has nominated Gibson Dunn’s Jennifer Rearden, a Chevron lawyer first chosen by Trump, to the US District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Third, the Biden administration has continued Trump’s cruel policy of using Title 42 to expel asylum-seekers, and has argued before the Supreme Court in favor of indefinite detention for immigrants. The administration also backed out of a plan to compensate victims of Trump’s family separation (i.e. torture) policy: “Lawyers for the plaintiffs said the Justice Department did not give a clear reason for walking away from the negotiations and did not make an offer to the plaintiffs before doing so.”
It’s easy to distract voters with theatrics.
But behind the curtain, ruling class solidarity is real.
From the American Prospect: Garland Has Yet to De-Trumpify His Office of Legal Counsel
While we don’t know the full extent of the OLC’s misdirection under Trump, we do know that of the 48 opinions published on its website during Trump’s presidency, only three have been publicly revisited under President Biden.