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Jeffrey Toobin delivers a stark warning on Trump’s unprecedented assault on the Constitutional order

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President Donald Trump continues to actively thwart Congressional oversight, disparage Russia investigations and refuse to comply with subpoenas.

The President’s actions have led critics to wonder if he is abusing executive power by undermining the other branches of government.

Writing in the New Yorker, legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin writes that the Constitutional system was not ready for Trump.

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“Our constitutional system never contemplated a President like Donald Trump,” he writes.

“The Framers anticipated friction among the three branches of government, which has been a constant throughout our history, but the Trump White House has now established a complete blockade against the legislative branch, thwarting any meaningful oversight,” he continues.

“The system, it appears, may simply be incapable of responding to this kind of challenge.”

Toobin chronicles the many instances in which Donald Trump has acted in defiance of the Constitutional order, creating a new norm in the process.

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“So, after nearly two and a half centuries, Trump will create a new constitutional norm—in which the executive can defy the legislature without consequence,” Toobin says.

“The only likely remedy, therefore, will lie with the voters, next year.”

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‘Trump’s eyes and ears’: Matt Gaetz blocked from closed-door hearing with Russia aide

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Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) was prevented from entering the closed-door hearing where former Russia adviser Fiona Hill was testifying.

The former foreign policy adviser to President Donald Trump was subpoenaed by the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees for closed door depositions -- which Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) blocked Gaetz from entering.

Gaetz does not sit on any of those committees, and the House parliamentarian agreed with House Intelligence committee chairman Schiff that the Trump ally could not attend the hearing.

“It’s not like I’m on the agriculture committee,” Gaetz complained afterward.

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‘Say his name’: Marco Rubio shredded for bemoaning disaster in Syria — without once mentioning Trump

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Monday once again found himself getting pounded by his Twitter followers after he bemoaned the humanitarian disaster unfolding in Syria without once placing the blame on President Donald Trump.

Writing on Twitter, Rubio outlined the horrific situation in northern Syria that occurred just over a week after the president gave Turkey the green light to invade.

"ISIS killers will now escape and boost chances of a resurgence," Rubio wrote. "One of [the] few moderate pro-U.S. groups in region now allied with Assad & Putin. Syria’s future now controlled by Russia and Iran. A significant blow to Israel’s security and boost to Iran’s goal of regional dominance."

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Trump-loving Kentucky governor tweets personal attack on Politico journalist for covering his flagging candidacy

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On Monday, Gov. Matt Bevin (R-KY) tweeted a furious personal attack on Politico journalist Alex Isenstadt for an article noting President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are planning events to bail out Bevin's struggling re-election campaign:

Responding to a bogus article written by a man who’s likely never been to KY, please note that the reason ?@POTUS? & ?@VP? are coming to KY (where every current poll shows us winning) is because they said they would & they are men of integrity https://t.co/IuO8w4q6ba

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