The President appoints members of the Justice Department, but he doesn't directly control them. This detail about the Rule of Law has gotten a lot of attention recently as Robert Mueller's special counsel investigates the possibility that President Trump obstructed justice by firing FBI Director James Comey, among other things. The President seems determined to exert control over what his Justice Department investigates.
The first time President Obama met with his US Attorneys, he told us, “I appointed you but you don’t serve me. You serve the American people. And I expect you to act with independence & integrity.” None of us ever forgot that.— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) December 29, 2017
God, I miss that man. He made some mistakes, but with the possible exception of Harry S. Truman, who was President when I was born, I count him as the greatest U.S. President of my lifetime.— Kevin Snapp (@kevin_snapp) December 29, 2017
Did you all realize at the time,that historically speaking,those words would come to mean far more than you ever imagined in light of the 45 potus? With Trump, nothing is sacred beyond himself. It’s all so very sad to me.— bwade (@BeverlyWade) December 29, 2017
@Arctic__char— Arctic_Char (@Arctic__char) December 29, 2017
I wish I would've call my Representatives more when Obama needed our support. All I did was send a few faxes & calls.
I regret that fact.
I feel we could've done better. Especially when McConnell refused to even meet Merrick. We should've been in the streets then.
His words meant the world to us, even at the time. Enough so that people wrote them down, kept them on their desks, and talked with people in their offices about what they meant, over and over.— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) December 29, 2017
It's not quite the same with President Trump. For instance, the following is an excerpt from his recent interview with the New York Times, in which he discusses his changes to Obamacare.
So now I have associations, I have private insurance companies coming and will sell private health care plans to people through associations. That’s gonna be millions and millions of people. People have no idea how big that is. And by the way, and for that, we’ve ended across state lines. So we have competition. You know for that I’m allowed to [inaudible] state lines. So that’s all done.Now I’ve ended the individual mandate. And the other thing I wish you’d tell people. So when I do this, and we’ve got health care, you know, McCain did his vote.... We’ve created associations, millions of people are joining associations. Millions. That were formerly in Obamacare or didn’t have insurance. Or didn’t have health care. Millions of people. That’s gonna be a big bill, you watch. It could be as high as 50 percent of the people. You watch. So that’s a big thing. And the individual mandate. So now you have associations, and people don’t even talk about the associations. That could be half the people are going to be joining up. … With private [inaudible]. So now you have associations and the individual mandate.
"His comments are, by turns, incoherent, incorrect, conspiratorial, delusional, self-aggrandizing, and underinformed. This is not a partisan judgment — the interview is rarely coherent or specific enough to classify the points Trump makes on a spectrum." https://t.co/Wth6w9ANT1— Andrew Wortman (@Amoney666) December 30, 2017
That’s the difference between being appointed to serve your country and being asked for a loyalty oath.— Billy Boy (@Billy_Ray28) December 29, 2017