On Thursday, House Oversight Committee chair Elijah Cummings (D-MD) slammed President Donald Trump over his reactions to special counsel Robert Mueller's report.
Trump's team is challenging constitutional norms in an unprecedented way. Attorney General Bill Barr refused to testify before Congress, and Trump has repeatedly said that he would ignore subpoenas.
“We cannot, we simply cannot, have a presidency that is run as if it were a king or dictator,” Cummings said according to The Huffington Post. “This is a time wherein 200 years or beyond people are going to look back at this moment and ask, ’What did you do?”
Cummings was not the only one who compared Trump to a king.
“If one branch of government no longer believes that another branch of government is coequal, and has the authority and the jurisdiction to oversee and investigate than you are essentially moving toward a dictatorship,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) said.
However, Democrats are at a standstill when it comes to pursuing their next steps and enforcing Congressional oversight.
“The competing interests generally favor Congress,” Ron Weich, a former Justice Department congressional liaison said. “The executive branch’s interest in protecting particular investigative documents works most of the time, but if Congress insists and there’s a subpoena, the constitutional responsibility that Congress has to conduct oversight will ultimately trump those specific objections from the department.”
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