Democrats Sound Off on Trump’s Use of Executive Privilege: Taking a ‘Wrecking Ball to the Constitution’

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Congressional Democrats are calling the Trump administration out for invoking executive privilege to block the release of the unredacted Mueller report and saying that the president’s powers have limits.

“I can only conclude that the president now seeks to take a wrecking ball to the Constitution of the United States of America,” Rep. Jackson Lee (N.Y.) said at a House Judiciary committee meeting Wednesday.

The administration announced they would assert executive privilege after the House said they would hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt for not complying with their subpoena for the Mueller report.

“Anything that the Congress wants to do on behalf of the American people is now being alleged to be under the jurisdiction of privilege,” Lee continued.

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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) opened the Wednesday meeting by accusing the White House of “misapplying” executive privilege.

“This decision represents a clear escalation in the Trump administration’s blanket defiance of the Congress’ constitutionally mandates duties,” he said.

“I hope that the department will think better of this last-minute outburst and return to negotiations. As a co-equal branch of government, we must have access to materials we need to fulfill our constitutional responsibilities in a matter consistent with past precedent.”

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Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) went into detail about the legal argument against the White House invoking executive power.

“There’s no privilege for this information,” he argued. “Executive privilege is not a cloak of secrecy that drapes across our nation’s capital from the White House to the Justice Department.”

“Executive privilege exists to help the presidency function,” Deutch later added. “To ensure that the president gets good advice and can make important decisions without interference of Congress. But that’s not at stake here. We’re asking for information that is no longer held in confidence among the president and his closest advisers. We’re just asking for the truth.”

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President Donald Trump promised reporters that he would be “fighting all the subpoenas” and his use of executive privilege is just the latest tactic in doing so, defying the Democrat-led House of Representatives, who continue their side of the fight to get their hands on information.

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Morte206
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Question for Mr. Deutch: Why wasn’t that same logic applicable to the Dynamic Duo aka BO&EH?
Could it be because they weren’t Trump?

Jeffrey Brian Caudell
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If the Democrats really think they need the court restricted information, get a court order! Unfortunately for them, they know that is a fight they can’t win because they don’t have a legitimate reason to see the information that was redacted! They are just hoping against hope that they can twist something out of context to mean something they can claim is illegal. How about doing what you were elected to do and help the president fix our medical system for everyone!

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