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Trump’s Latest Attack On The Rule Of Law

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April 10, 2018 12:25 p.m.

It’s easy to gloss over President Trump’s latest attack on Robert Mueller’s investigation. After all, this is hardly the first time he’s gone after the special counsel. But it’s important that we don’t.

Every time Trump questions the integrity of Mueller’s probe, he’s dangerously undermining the rule of law — a crucial pillar of democracy. And Monday’s comments — which came in response to news that the FBI had raided the offices of his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen — were particularly chilling in how closely they echoed the tactics of quasi-authoritarian leaders looking to weaken independent sources of authority. That sounds alarmist, but it’s increasingly hard to overlook.

Here are some of the things from Monday’s outburst worth dwelling on.

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