Post-Watergate reforms may frame DOJ decision over prosecuting Trump

Posted on AllSides June 17th, 2022
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The break-in at the Watergate complex 50 years ago today led to a sweeping government ethics overhaul that included a push to insulate the Department of Justice (DOJ) from politics.  

In a historical twist, this nearly half-century-old corrective may help frame the DOJ’s fraught decision over whether to criminally charge former President Trump for his effort to overturn the 2020 election results. 

For Attorney General Merrick Garland, the dilemma involves weighing competing interests: His mission to repair the DOJ’s reputation as a nonpolitical agency directly clashes with the imperative to deter a...

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