DOJ Funnels Campaign Talking Points To Trump

Politico reports:

The prosecution of Michael Flynn. A Senate investigation into the provenance of the Steele Dossier. The nascent federal probe of discarded absentee ballots in Pennsylvania. In recent days, the Justice Department has declassified or disclosed sensitive materials related to each of these proceedings that, on the surface, have little to do with each other. Yet within hours, President Donald Trump had weaponized each to boost his reelection campaign.

It’s the latest evidence that veteran prosecutors and attorneys — and, over the weekend, even a current DOJ official — describe as an intensifying effort to use the department to support Trump’s political fortunes. “These actions are not typical,” said William Jeffress, a veteran defense lawyer who represented former President RIchard Nixon after he left the White House. “Tradition is that politically sensitive actions by DOJ go dark at least 60 days before an election.”

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