This was during the tenure of Preet Bharara, a former colleague of mine who threw something of a tantrum when he was removed by President Trump as the SDNY’s U.S. attorney — along with dozens of other district U.S. attorneys in what is a now normal transition, especially when a change of administrations also changes the party in power.
Plainly, the Journal grasps this. Hence, the editors’ hedge, saying that “as far as we know” Bharara took no corrective action.
Over the years, we have covered a great deal of this ground. For example:
Our legal and political systems’ mechanisms for ferreting out misconduct and holding officials accountable are broken. I’m not sure they can be repaired — they may have to be rethought. Without them, though, the government cannot be trusted, which has dangerous ramifications for national security and the rule of law.
Time to start.
Source: National Review