Dennis Hastert

Scamming Trump: Expect pressure to influence choices of U.S. attorneys

Scamming Trump: Expect pressure to influence choices of U.S. attorneys

"He's a great Democrat. He ran for Congress. He was defeated. He's a graduate of Notre Dame, of Harvard. But more than that, Mr. President, let me say with great honor and pride, he's a precinct captain!"

—Mayor Richard J. Daley, successfully lobbying President Lyndon Johnson for the choice of Edward Hanrahan as U.S. attorney in Chicago, from a White House recording of Jan. 20, 1964.

We can't know whether Illinois politicians or business leaders have launched quiet campaigns to bamboozle Donald Trump. But we'd wager that, when he's President Trump, he'll have influential swells helpfully suggesting whom he should appoint as the U.S....

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