Analyst gauges the political bias of lawyers

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 12:42 in Psychology & Sociology

News that special counsel Robert Mueller has empaneled a second grand jury in Washington, D.C., and has hired 16 top attorneys to work on the investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian interference in the last U.S. election has stoked accusations in conservative media that the probe’s outcome is likely to be unfair and illegitimate. President Trump and his top aides have led the outcry. They say that because several attorneys assisting Mueller and FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe either have donated to Democratic candidates or have spouses who accepted political donations from Democrats, Mueller’s findings should be questioned. Maya Sen is a political scientist and associate professor at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) who studies the politics of the legal profession, including those of lawyers, judges, law professors, and clerks. The Gazette spoke with Sen about the influence of politics in the law. GAZETTE: Your research into the political leanings...

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