GOP former US attorneys back Biden, say Trump 'threat to rule of law'

On Tuesday, twenty Republican former U.S. attorneys endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden eyes bigger US role in global vaccination efforts Trump says GOP will take White House in 2024 in prepared speech Kemp: Pulling All-Star game out of Atlanta will hurt business owners of color MORE, citing that President TrumpDonald TrumpHarry Reid reacts to Boehner book excerpt: 'We didn't mince words' Man arrested for allegedly threatening to stab undercover Asian officer in NYC Trump says GOP will take White House in 2024 in prepared speech MORE has threatened the rule of law, Reuters reported.

“We believe that President Trump’s leadership is a threat to the rule of law in our country,” the group wrote in a letter released to the public, according to Reuters.

All of the prosecutors, who have served under Republican presidents from Dwight Eisenhower to George W. Bush, noted that they did not agree with the president's leadership style. They noted that they were unnerved by the president firing FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyShowtime developing limited series about Jan. 6 Capitol riot Wray says FBI not systemically racist John Durham's endgame: Don't expect criminal charges MORE in 2017 and dismissing former Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings Biden administration should resist 'slush-fund' settlements Garland should oppose Biden effort to reinstate controversial 'slush funds' practice MORE, according to Reuters.


“He’s not just bending the norms, he’s smashing them,” said Ken Wainstein, a co-founder of the group who served as a U.S. attorney in Washington under George W. Bush, Reuters reported.

U.S. attorneys from Arizona, Florida, Minnesota, New Mexico, Texas and other states all signed the letter. Gregory Brower, a former U.S. attorney for Nevada, who also worked under the Trump administration as the FBI's assistant director for congressional affairs, explained his decision in an interview, The Washington Post reported.

“I had an up-close view of how the President and the White House dealt with the Justice Department in recent years,” he said, according to the Post. “It’s clear that President Trump views the Justice Department and the FBI as his own personal law firm and investigative agency. He made that clear, privately and publicly.”

A number of high-profile Republicans have supported Biden, including former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, former Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman, former N.Y. Rep. Susan Molinari, former Trump administration official Miles Taylor, former New Jersey Gov. Christie Whitman and former Secretary of State Colin PowellColin Luther PowellIs nonpartisan effectiveness still possible? Fauci donates personal COVID-19 virus model to Smithsonian To unite America, Biden administration must brace for hate MORE.