Sheila Jackson Lee drops the hammer on ‘absolutely lawless’ Trump administration
On Wednesday, the Trump administration exerted executive privilege to block the release of the full Mueller report and the underlying evidence.
Meanwhile, House Democrats weighed an order of contempt against Attorney General William Barr for thwarting their efforts to obtain the full report.
Speaking at a hearing of the House Judiciary committee, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) excoriated the President for abusing the power of the executive branch. She also denounced her Republican colleagues for blocking their efforts to learn the whole truth.
“I’d like to take a moment because … I do think that this is a moment in history,” Jackson Lee said. “And I appreciate my good friends on the other side of the aisle.”
“But having received a letter both from — a copy of the letter to the President of the United States by Attorney General Barr, a letter from the Department of Justice indicating after their purposeful collapse of the negotiations — well intentioned by the staff and House Judiciary committee, I can only conclude that the president now seeks to take a wrecking ball to the Constitution of the United States of America,” Jackson Lee said.
“For the first time in the history of the United States, a President is now exerting executive privilege over every aspect of life that the American people desire to have information,” Jackson Lee said.
Jackson Lee further condemned the President for his lack of transparency on a wide range of other issues.
“Whether or not their affordable care act, dissolving the pre-existing condition, whether or not children are being separated from their parents, whether or not the environment is being destroyed,” Jackson Lee continued.
“Anything that the Congress wants to do on behalf of the American people is now being alleged to be under the jurisdiction of privilege,” Jackson Lee said.
“Then, of course, we have to surmise this is an absolute lawless behavior by this administration.”