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Sat Apr 27, 2019, 02:07 PM

"Trump isn't just defying Congress. He's rejecting the whole idea of oversight."

The stakes in the current showdown are higher than a few subpoenas.
By Steve Vladeck
Steve Vladeck is a professor at the University of Texas School of Law, co-editor in chief of Just Security, co-host of the National Security Law Podcast and a CNN legal analyst.

The administration’s emerging position appears to be that Congress does not really have the power to investigate the president, at least not when one chamber is controlled by his political adversaries, even if whatever information it seeks might eventually be used in an impeachment proceeding. That’s a deeply disturbing argument, and one that, if successful, would tilt the separation of powers, perhaps irrevocably, toward the executive branch.

Several fights between the administration and the House seemed to boil over this past week. The Justice Department has said the official who oversees its civil rights division won’t give a deposition to a House committee investigating the administration’s plan to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. The White House blocked another official, who handles security clearances, from testifying before a different panel looking into that work. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has missed deadlines to provide Trump’s tax returns to the House Ways and Means Committee, which has requested them as permitted by statute; Mnuchin says he’ll decide next month whether to comply. Trump also sued the chairman of the House Oversight Committee (as well as his own accounting firm) to try to quash a subpoena the panel issued for financial information related to Trump’s businesses.

There is no question that the power of inquiry has limits. As the Supreme Court explained in 1957, “No inquiry is an end in itself; it must be related to, and in furtherance of, a legitimate task of the Congress. Investigations conducted solely for the personal aggrandizement of the investigators or to ‘punish’ those investigated are indefensible.” Supporters of the president might point to this language as proof that any subpoena issued by the current House is invalid, because it’s clearly part of a “witch hunt” against Trump.

This argument doesn’t remotely follow. No one disputes that one of the most important tasks that the Constitution commits to Congress is the power to impeach and remove federal officers for “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/trump-isnt-just-defying-congress-hes-rejecting-the-whole-idea-of-oversight/2019/04/26/acf0a00a-67c9-11e9-a1b6-b29b90efa879_story.html?utm_term=.8eaee25cd542

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Reply "Trump isn't just defying Congress. He's rejecting the whole idea of oversight." (Original post)
real Cannabis calm Apr 2019 OP
ProudMNDemocrat Apr 2019 #1
onecaliberal Apr 2019 #2
real Cannabis calm Apr 2019 #4
leftyladyfrommo Apr 2019 #3
Rambling Man Apr 2019 #6
Maru Kitteh Apr 2019 #5
Autumn Apr 2019 #7

Response to real Cannabis calm (Original post)

Sat Apr 27, 2019, 02:14 PM

1. According to Trump, Fuck the rule of law and the Constitution.....

He will lose this arguement BIGLY.

Even the Courts have to uphold the US Constitution because the that is their jobs.

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Response to real Cannabis calm (Original post)

Sat Apr 27, 2019, 02:44 PM

2. He is rejecting a constitutional democracy.

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Response to onecaliberal (Reply #2)

Sun Apr 28, 2019, 12:50 AM

4. He apparently plans to rule the USA, like Banana-Republic rulers he condemns.

Of course, that excludes South American drug-lords he made deals with, when he cut pay for the US Coast Guard.

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Response to real Cannabis calm (Original post)

Sat Apr 27, 2019, 02:51 PM

3. He just doesn't want any rules or regulations.

It's the way he has always done things. He had enough money to make it work in the business world.

Seems to be working pretty well for him now.

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Response to leftyladyfrommo (Reply #3)

Sun Apr 28, 2019, 05:56 AM

6. A strongly worded statement

should put him in check.

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Response to real Cannabis calm (Original post)

Sun Apr 28, 2019, 04:32 AM

5. rec x a brazillion

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Response to real Cannabis calm (Original post)

Sun Apr 28, 2019, 09:02 AM

7. Trump isn't acting in a vacuum. The Republicans are aiding and encouraging him.

This needs to be put on their heads as often as it's put on his.

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