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MSNBC’s Morning Joe lashes Lindsey Graham and GOP enablers for letting Trump’s team shred the Constitution

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MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said President Donald Trump and his administration were breaking the law “without a second thought” — and only Democrats cared.

The “Morning Joe” blasted Trump administration officials for flagrantly ignoring subpoenas or offering misleading testimony, and he said the legislative branch had a constitutional duty to oversee the executive branch.

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“It’s obvious to anybody that’s watching either in America or overseas there has become over the past several weeks a sustained and increasingly quickening assault on the rule of law,” Scarborough said, “whether you look at what (Attorney General William) Barr did in his testimony, whether you look at the fact that he probably committed perjury in the House and the Senate, and meanwhile the Trumpists say nothing.”

“The Secretary of Treasury (Steve Mnuchin) comes out saying the chairman of the Ways and Means Committee has the right to see any Americans’ tax returns,” he added, “but we’re just not going to comply with the law of the land — and they do it without a second thought. It’s not a constitutional crisis, they’re breaking the law.”

He said multiple administration officials should be held in contempt of Congress, but Republicans simply didn’t care.

“They’re in contempt of Congress,” Scarborough said. “You look at what Lindsey Graham is doing — they don’t care. The Republicans don’t care. So history has chosen the Democratic Party at this point in time to be the only party in America who will stand up and defend the rule of law, the only party. There is no one else there, and as a former Republican and as a guy with a lot of Republican friends, it makes me sad.”

“But this moment in history has provided us only one political party that can stand up and defend the rule of law, and that’s on the Democrats,” he added. “Whether it’s the smart political calculation or not, the Constitution requires it.”

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