When Clinton was president a single phone call from the White House to the Treasury Department was interpreted as obstruction of the Whitewater investigation and brought before the grand jury.
The Senate and House held hearings – forcing those involved to testify under penalty of perjury — about one phone call.
Flash-forward to the present and it is obvious that such strict Republican respect for the rule of law has diminished substantially.
Now the president himself can publicly threaten and dismiss law enforcement officials who are investigating his campaign.
He can fire intimidating tweets at prosecutors – defame them repeatedly and suggest that he will pardon witnesses against him.
And none of the Republicans – except for one or two who are departing public life – ever mentions the rule of law.
(Unless they’re talking about Hillary Clinton’s emails.)
Compare the tiny obscure Whitewater real estate deal to the Moscow Trump Tower scheme — and the Republican reaction to each of those transactions — and try not to burst out laughing.
The former of course was an ill-fated development in the Arkansas backwoods that lost a small amount of money.
The latter was a deal hatched between Trump’s agents and top Russian officials to build a multimillion-dollar edifice in the middle of an adversary government’s capital – including a $50 million proposed gift to the Russian president – while his secret services were seeking to elect Trump president.