MELP Featured Selection
Above the Law: The Inside Story of How the Justice Department Tried to Subvert President Trump
by Matthew Whitaker
Matthew Whitaker left Iowa and arrived in Washington to serve as chief of staff to Attorney General Jeff Sessions during the Trump Administration. Following Sessions's resignation, he was appointed Acting Attorney General of the United States. A former football player at the University of Iowa, confirmed by the Senate as a U.S. Attorney, Whitaker has been devoted to the ideals of public service and the rule of law. But what he found when he led the Department of Justice on behalf of President Trump were bureaucratic elites with an agenda all their own.
The Department of Justice steered off course by a Deep State made up of Washington insiders who saw themselves as above the law by recklessly inverting, bending, and breaking the law to achieve their own political goals; they relentlessly undermined the Constitution by flaunting the rightful authority of a President they despised.
Whitaker was an outsider with a desire to see justice done and democracy work. In his straightforward new book, Above the Law, he provides a stunning account of what he found in the swamp that is Washington.
From the book:
- How former FBI Director James Comey and top figures in the Justice Department openly worked against President Trump
- How the Deep State relies on the complicity of the mainstream media to achieve its ends
- How the Deep State--drawing on elite universities and corporate law firms--perpetuates itself, keeping a small clique of people in power to ensure that nothing ever changes
- How Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged Russian collusion quickly concluded there was no evidence of wrong-doing by the President or his campaign but nevertheless produced a massive report that was intended as an act of political subversion
If you still have doubts that the Deep State exists and thrives by perpetuating a government of “special” insiders, and that it inexorably pursues a political agenda of its own, then you will find Whitaker's first-person account eye-opening and convincing.
- Amazon.com book description
The Mamie Eisenhower Library Project (MELP) is the NFRW’s oldest program, celebrating nearly 60 years of book donations from an approved list to schools, libraries, hospitals and other public institutions.
In 1961, the NFRW established the Mamie Eisenhower Library Project as a memorial honoring the former Republican First Lady who served for decades as a military wife and prepared the family home for over 30 moves during President Eisenhower’s military service to our country. Born in Iowa and moving to the South as a child, Mrs. Eisenhower was active in financial decisions in her home and often said that a woman’s independence was based upon her own ability to save money. She practiced fiscal responsibility as a First Lady, often clipping recipes for the White House Chef to prepare using boxed cake mixes as they were cheaper than baking from scratch.
Each biennium, the NFRW Literacy and Education Committee compiles a list of books that reflect Republican conservative beliefs of self-reliance, freedom and independence. In 1992, tapes and videos were added to the list. In 2020, DVDs and streaming services were added to the list. These books, both adult and children’s levels, are intended to be donated to public libraries, all schools, and hospitals to provide reading material to a wide variety of children and adults in our communities. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many clubs expanded to reading children’s books online through social media to a nation’s children not able to enter school buildings.
Club participation in the Mamie Eisenhower Library Project is one of the requirements for receiving the NFRW Achievement Awards, which are given out at NFRW’s biennial convention.
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