House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler (D-NY) tore into President Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr for his refusal to provide the committee with documents and testimony related to Mueller report, saying he was paving the way for a “dictatorship” — and adding Barr would soon “face a reckoning” if he didn’t cooperate.
“Every member of this committee, Democrat and Republican alike, should understand the consequences when the executive branch tells us that they will simply ignore a lawful subpoena from Congress,” Nadler said. “If left unchecked this act of obstruction will make it that much harder for us to hold the executive branch accountable for waste, fraud and abuse, or to enact legislation to curb that kind of misconduct or any kind of misconduct.”
“Ladies and gentlemen, the challenge we face is that the president of the United States wants desperately to prevent Congress, a co-equal branch of government, from providing any check whatsoever to even his most reckless decisions,” Nadler continued. “He is trying to render Congress inert as a separate and co-equal branch of government.”
“If we don’t stand up to him together today, we risk forever losing the power to stand up to any president in the future,” he went on. “The very system of government of the United States, the system of limited power, the system of not having a president as a dictator is very much at stake.”
“We will have no choice but to move quickly to hold the attorney general in contempt if he stalls or fails to negotiate in good faith, but the attorney general must make a choice. Every one of us must make the same choice,” he added. “That choice is now an obligation of our office. The choice is simple, we can stand up to this president in defense of the country and the Constitution and the liberty we love, or we can let the moment pass us by. We have seen in other countries what happens when you allow such moments to pass by.”
“I do not know what Attorney General Barr will choose. I do not know what my Republican colleagues will choose,” he said. “But I am certain that there is no way forward for this country that does not include a reckoning with this clear and present danger to our constitutional order.”
“If he does not provide this committee with the information it demands and the respect it deserves,” Nadler said, “Mr. Barr’s moment of accountability will come soon enough.”
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Damning CNN timeline shows how Trump ‘thinks white people matter more than nonwhite people’
CNN's Brianna Keilar on Monday delivered a damning verdict on President Donald Trump's racist attacks on Democratic lawmakers -- and she backed it up with a timeline of the president's bigoted words and actions.
During a segment about Trump’s weekend tweets, in which he told Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) to “go back” to their countries despite the fact that all four are American citizens, Keilar argued that the president's racism is part of a pattern of bigotry that's followed him throughout his life.
"This fits a pattern to the president who has long made it clear that he thinks white people matter more than nonwhite people, even if they're American," she said. "30 years ago he called for the death penalty for the Central Park Five, five minority youths who were falsely accused of rape. Trump [is] still refusing to believe their innocence 16 years after they were exonerated."
Trump and Pence’s racist weekend spectacle was no accident: It’s the re-election plan
If you doubted that the 2020 presidential campaign will be the ugliest you've ever experienced, the past few days should have disabused you of that. It's been a descent into grotesque racism and xenophobia on a level we haven't seen in our national politics for many decades. And it's not just a matter of Donald Trump acting out and having one of his regular tantrums. There's a rationale behind his behavior that's extremely disturbing.
As everyone is well aware by now — or should be — the refugee camps at the border are a national disgrace. If this was happening in another country (and if we had a different president) the United States would be leading the charge to condemn what was happening. The plight of families, particularly the kids, is an ongoing nightmare and Trump seems determined to exploit the pain and suffering of these vulnerable people to keep the country in a constant state of hysteria.
Trump’s immigration czar snarls at CNN’s Camerota after she busts him for lying about president’s tweets: ‘So what?’
In a highly contentious CNN interview, Ken Cuccinelli, Director of the Citizenship and Immigration Services, snapped at CNN's Alisyn Camerota after she called him out as a liar for denying knowledge of Donald Trump's grotesquely racist tweets on Sunday.
Appearing on CNN's "New Day" to discuss ICE raids, the Trump aide claimed he was too tied up over the weekend with immigration details to be aware of the tweets that have dominated the news for almost 24 hours.
With Cuccinelli professing, "Well, I didn't see that tweet actually. I spent the weekend reading litigation and regulatory materials related to asylum," the CNN host refused to let up asking him to condemn the president's remarks about non-white Democrats going back to where they came from.