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Mr. President, Meet Avner Shapiro, Saboteur From the DOJ Swamp

President Trump is reportedly frustrated with Deep State leakers trying to sabotage his agenda.

President Trump, meet Justice Department lawyer Avner Shapiro.

President Trump is a supporter of voter identification laws. Avner Shapiro is not.

From his perch at the Voting Section of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, Avner Shapiro has exerted more will over DOJ’s approach to voter ID -- particularly against Texas -- than has the president.

That’s not how a democratic republic is designed to work. A story built entirely on leaks and designed to attack Trump priorities appeared in the Soros-funded Pro Publica. It was packed with confidential insider information about the Trump Justice Department’s litigation decisions about state voter ID laws and the internal views of lawyers at the Justice Department.

Avner Shapiro (Photo Credit: BU The Record)

The saga is a case study in how Deep State leftists both sabotage the Trump agenda and unethically leak confidential information about litigation decisions.

After the Trump Justice Department decided to abandon claims that Texas voter ID was deliberately enacted to discriminate against racial minorities, the swamp creatures started to growl and hiss. The story reveals:

Attorneys who worked on the case for years were barely consulted about the change -- many weren’t consulted at all, according to two former DOJ officials with knowledge of the matter. Gore wrote the filing changing the DOJ’s position largely by himself and asked the attorneys who’d been involved in the case for years to sign it to show continuity. Not all of the attorneys fell in line.

Avner Shapiro -- who has been a prosecutor in the civil rights division for more than 20 years -- left his name off the filings written by Gore. Shapiro was particularly involved in developing the DOJ’s argument that Texas had intentionally discriminated against minorities in crafting its voter ID legislation.

This means that Shapiro sabotaged the Trump administration’s more sensible approach to voter ID.

Let’s take a closer look at this paragraph, and sift out the confidential information.

Whether supervisory lawyers consulted lower-level attorneys about a change in litigation strategy is confidential information. Lawyers are not supposed to reveal confidential information to Soros-funded news outlets -- or to any news outlet, for that matter. There’s one improper leak of confidential information.

Shapiro signs a pleading attacking TX Voter ID

Whether or not “Gore wrote the filing” is also confidential information. Now we’re at two.

Gore’s reported request to lawyers in the case to sign off to show continuity is likewise entirely confidential. So that’s three.

It is also confidential information that Shapiro deliberately refused to agree to his supervisor’s request. If you’re still counting, that’s four.

And finally, whether Shapiro was a key attorney in developing the abandoned arguments is also confidential information. So we have a total of five pieces of confidential information leaked by a lawyer on the Texas voter ID case at the Justice Department.