New York Times’ FBI Defense & Trump’s Tweets

The New York Times is upset that President Trump has attacked the FBI for alleged partisanship. Its lead story yesterday began: “As the F.B.I.’s Russia investigation draws closer to him, President Trump on Sunday unleashed an extraordinary assault on the nation’s premier law enforcement agency, calling it a biased institution whose reputation for fairness was ‘in tatters.’”

According to the Times, Trump is betraying his office. Presidents usually “enter the Oval Office with an instinct to defend and promote the integrity and capabilities of the nation’s law enforcement agencies,” the Times observes.

The Times quotes other Democratic worthies who are shocked by Trump’s Twitter attacks, including former Attorney General Eric Holder. Holder “responded to the president’s tweets with one of his own defending the bureau. ‘You’ll find integrity and honesty at FBI headquarters and not at 1600 Penn Ave right now,’” the Times reports Holder as broadcasting.

Trump’s attacks on the agency are in fact unseemly,…

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