A 6am SWAT* raid, crashing through someone’s door, to execute a search warrant on
a defaulted student loan some sort of student-loan violation, at the address of the defaulter’s estranged husband, who was then held in handcuffs for six hours?
That’s what we get for electing Rudy Giuliani.
Of course the President can’t know what every fool in the Department of Education Inspector General’s office is up to. But equally of course the White House knows now.
On behalf of the country, the President should express his outrage. (That didn’t work out well for him in the Gates case, but the crucial difference is that these were federal agents, and therefore ultimately the President’s subordinates.) He should announce that the officials responsible for this atrocity are going to be looking for new jobs, and that the procedure that allowed it to happen is going to be changed.
He should do it right away, and loudly. This is an opportunity to exercise visible leadership.
* UPDATE The folks who crashed through the door at 6am don’t seem to have had SWAT written on their jackets, but if I didn’t use “SWAT” as shorthand for that sort of thing I’d have to say “Gestapo.”