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The letter below appeared in the Tucson Daily Star this morning:
"The Associated Press (AP) reviews that are published in The Star are always informative. The September 13th assessment of various claims made during the prior evening's Democratic debate implied that Kamela Harris was only partially correct when she stated that the reason the Mueller team failed to indict Trump on obstruction charges was because of the opinion issued by the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) which advised that a sitting president couldn't be indicted. I think she's right: on page 1 of Volume 2 of the Mueller Report, the wording seems crystal clear that the OLC opinion was indeed the reason Mueller capitulated to his "boss," the Department of Justice (DOJ). It needs to be understood that not only was Mueller appointed by the DOJ as Special Counsel, the OLC is also an appointed arm of the DOJ, currently headed by Steven Engel, a political appointee. No reason to believe that these apparent conflicts of interest would in any way influence opinions or judgments - right? Right."
Who is Steven Engel?
Seems to have decent credentials, but then there is this:
On January 31, 2017, the White House announced that President Donald Trump intended to nominate Engel to serve as the Assistant Attorney General heading the Office of Legal Counsel. Engel's nomination was opposed by U.S. Senator John McCain, a former prisoner of war who was tortured while in captivity. McCain cited Engel's involvement in commenting on and reviewing one of the so-called "Torture memos" that signed off on six different "enhanced interrogation techniques". Various human rights groups expressed concerns about Engel's nomination, also citing his involvement with the July 20, 2007, memo authored by Steven G. Bradbury, then-head of the OLC. Engel was confirmed by a 51–47 vote, largely along party lines with one Democrat, Senator Joe Manchin (West Virginia), voting in favor of confirmation.
In June 2019, Engel issued an OLC opinion supporting the Justice Department's decision not to release Donald Trump's tax returns.