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I mentioned yesterday that Trump's attacks on Jeff Sessions are more meaningful and ominous than some of his other norm-breaking and offensive behavior, because they attack a foundational principle of the United States: the rule of law.

So I was pleased to see the essay in today's New York Times by a longtime Justice Department prosecutor, deputy attorney general, and briefly, acting attorney general, Sally Yates, saying the same thing: 

As she says, it's easy to get lost in all the craziness and chaos of the Trump administration. But among the swirling debris, serious damage is being done, and principles that undergird our government are being attacked. The rule of law and the principle that no person, not even the president, is above the law, are among those under attack. These must not fall. If they do, we won't be laughing any more at Trump — or if we are still telling jokes at his expense, we'll be whispering.

Will Doolittle is projects editor at The Post-Star. He may be reached at and followed on his blog, I think not, and on Twitter at



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