December 5, 2016

BIRDS OF A FEATHER:

Trump's Budding Bromance With Democrat Schumer Spells Economic Trouble (IRA STOLL, December 5, 2016, NY Sun)

Mr. Trump's decision to reappoint the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara, was met with horror and dismay among those who, like myself, consider Mr. Bharara's string of insider trading prosecutions, reversed by appellate courts, to be "sadistic" and "sleazy." Those aren't my words -- they are descriptions that two distinguished federal appellate judges have applied to Mr. Bharara's tactics.

There's plenty of blame to go around for Mr. Bharara's reappointment, which was announced last week. The Manhattan Institute, a conservative think tank with a distinguished record that ought to have known better, published a piece under the headline "Memo to Trump: Let Preet Stay," lauding the prosecutor's efforts against political corruption.

Senator Schumer's role, though, was central. The New York Times reminded its readers that before becoming the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan, Mr. Bharara was chief counsel to Senator Schumer. "Mr. Trump also asked Mr. Schumer how best to reach Mr. Bharara, and the senator provided Mr. Trump with Mr. Bharara's direct line," the Times reported. Mr. Trump had called Mr. Schumer to ask his advice on keeping on Mr. Bharara, which Mr. Schumer recommended, the Times said.

Mr. Trump ran as a change candidate, criticizing Hillary Clinton as "secretary of the status quo." Now he's taking personnel recommendations from Senator Schumer, who has been serving in Congress since 1981, or nearly 36 years. It is breathtaking.

Posted by at December 5, 2016 6:57 PM

  

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