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Orange Menace tries to thwart what now seems to be continuing investigations of his empire by influencing the choice of US attorneys in the Southern and Eastern Districts.

We have already seen the peripheral effects of his removal of US attorneys and some subsequent maneuvering of some #TrumpRussia related cases involving Russian oligarchs.

Perhaps too little too late but such machinations are indicative of Trump’s nervousness since separate NYS prosecution may inevitably put Mango Mussolini in the clink.

“It is neither normal nor advisable for Trump to personally interview candidates for US Attorney positions, especially the one in Manhattan,” former US attorney Preet Bharara tweeted Wednesday.

President Donald Trump has personally interviewed at least two potential candidates for U.S. attorney positions in New York, according to two sources familiar with the matter — a move that critics say raises questions about whether they can be sufficiently independent from the president.

Trump has interviewed Geoffrey Berman, who is currently at the law firm Greenberg Traurig for the job of U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Ed McNally of the firm Kasowitz Benson Torres for the Eastern District post, according to the sources.

with 93 US Attorneys to appoint, Trump interviewed only the three with jurisdiction to indict his associates 

CNN previously reported that Trump’s nominee to head the US attorney’s office in Washington, Jessie Liu, met with the President before being nominated, according to a questionnaire she submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Liu was confirmed to the position by the Senate last month.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal called the move to personally interview the candidates “alarming” and “troubling” in an interview with CNN Thursday.
“What’s most alarming about the President interviewing these particular candidates for US attorney positions is that these chief federal prosecutors are going to decide whether to indict Trump campaign advisers or staff if there’s collusion between the Trump campaign and Russians proven and possibly consider criminal charges against the President himself,” the Connecticut Democrat said.
There is a “potential coercive and intimidating aspect of” the meetings, Blumenthal added, saying he has spoken to fellow senators about “potentially blocking any nominees who have been interviewed by the President.”

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