Donald Trump and the erosion of Democratic norms in America

For some, the president’s efforts to undermine the justice department and the Mueller investigation represent a threat to democracy

Ask people with deep knowledge of the US justice department about the damage Donald Trump might be doing to the country, and the conversation quickly flips back to Watergate.

Following Richard Nixon’s failed attempt to pull the plug on a special prosecutor who turned out to be on to something, the need for investigators to work free from White House interference was recognized by the public and reinforced by elected officials.

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You could slide into an authoritarian regime without a real crisis ever taking place

Trump has certainly violated norms, but whether they erode will depend on what happens after Trump leaves

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