Saturday, December 31, 2016

You loved your executive power when your guy was in charge

Now, not so much.  New York Times: "If Donald Trump Targets Journalists, Thank Obama."
If Donald J. Trump decides as president to throw a whistle-blower in jail for trying to talk to a reporter, or gets the F.B.I. to spy on a journalist, he will have one man to thank for bequeathing him such expansive power: Barack Obama.
Criticism of Mr. Obama’s stance on press freedom, government transparency and secrecy is hotly disputed by the White House, but many journalism groups say the record is clear. Over the past eight years, the administration has prosecuted nine cases involving whistle-blowers and leakers, compared with only three by all previous administrations combined. It has repeatedly used the Espionage Act, a relic of World War I-era red-baiting, not to prosecute spies but to go after government officials who talked to journalists.

Under Mr. Obama, the Justice Department and the F.B.I. have spied on reporters by monitoring their phone records, labeled one journalist an unindicted co-conspirator in a criminal case for simply doing reporting and issued subpoenas to other reporters to try to force them to reveal their sources and testify in criminal cases.
Instapundit loves to run a tweet of dour White House staffers and the caption "That face when you spend 8 years weaponizing the federal government only to hand it over to Donald Trump."  Well, you set the precedent Obama-ites and now you're going to get an undisciplined guy who loves throw roundhouse punches at every perceived problem.  Enjoy your IRS audits.

Extra - From Althouse: "If you exaggerate your power, your successor will have exaggerated power."

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