FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2016 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton laughs during a campaign stop in Chicago. Hillary Clinton’s work-related emails from her private account are now public, more than 52,000 pages detailing her tenure as America’s top diplomat but failing to resolve questions about how she and her closest aides handled classified information. Several investigations continue looking into her exclusive use of a non-government email account and homebrew server while in government, an issue that has dogged her campaign, even though she seems well-positioned to capture the Democratic presidential nomination. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

A Special Prosecutor Is Needed

While Democrats rail against Donald Trump for undermining the democratic process with wild claims about stolen elections, Barack Obama is undermining the trust Americans have in our institutions of justice.

As more emails come out from Wikileaks, we are finding reporters colluding with Democrats to shape partisan tinged stories. We are finding deputy secretaries of state offering bribes to the FBI. We are finding that so much of what we were told is not so.

Our system of government cannot function without basic trust. It is why Donald Trump is trying so hard to undermine that trust. His campaign is committed to breaking the systems of government and institutions of government we depend on. But Barack Obama and the left, for all their high minded rhetoric and outrage at Trump, are really no better. They are undermining the very basic institutions of justice and public trust by willfully treating the Clinton email scandal as a partisan matter and not as a serious matter of law and ethics.

The only way to restore the trust of the American people is to appoint a special prosecutor. The Justice Department, as demonstrated by the leaks, cannot be trusted to fairly review this matter and make fair determinations. The department is too wrapped up in the partisanship of 2016.

Democrats who are outraged by Donald Trump’s statements are just as willing to undermine public trust in our government and its institutions. Ironically, they think that by protecting Hillary Clinton they will stop Donald Trump. That may be true this year, but it will only make what comes next even worse. The only way to head that off is to have a special prosecutor who dispels the legitimate public concern of bias and special favors.

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