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The National Memo
October 17, 2018

Why Corrupt Public Officials Have Less To Fear From Trump
By David Cay Johnston

David Cay Johnston Why Corrupt Public Officials Have Less To Fear From Trump October 17, 2018 2:58 am / 0 Comments / Corruption, Featured Post, White House Why Corrupt Public Officials Have Less To Fear From Trump Share this on Facebook297Tweet about this0Share this on Google+0Share this on Linkedin0Share this on Reddit0Print this pageEmail this page Tags Corruption Featured White House Reprinted with permission from DCReport. Under Donald Trump, federal corruption prosecutions dropped by nearly a quarter, Syracuse University researchers found after analyzing detailed new Justice Department data. The long-term trend shows that under Trump a steady decline in federal law enforcement efforts against government corruption is accelerating. Trump has repeatedly attacked the Justice Department and the FBI, including delusional rhetoric based on conspiracy theories about a “deep state” that he says is out to get him. In September, at a rally for his 2020 re-election campaign, he accused the agencies of not doing their jobs and indicated he wants them to prosecute Hillary Clinton. There were 340 corruption prosecutions during the first 11 months of the 2018 budget year, which ended Sept. 30. That indicates the annual total will be about 371 cases, down almost 24% from the previous year, which began under President Obama. There were 906 federal corruption prosecutions two decades ago, when Bill Clinton was president, TRAC reported. That means at Trumpian levels prosecutions are down almost 60% from 1998, despite a larger population.

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