Congressman Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, tore into Donald Trump for setting a dangerous precedent and essentially destroying the rule of law in America in just two short years.
In an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, Rep. Schiff explained how, every step of the way, Trump has acted lawlessly to protect his presidency.
“The precedent now is if you are a president under investigation, you can fire the FBI director who is conducting that investigation,” Schiff explained. “If your attorney general will not ignore the advice of ethics lawyers and intervene on your behalf, you can fire the attorney general. You can then hire a new attorney general who has written to you about how he thinks the case against you is bogus.”
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The precedent now is if you are a president under investigation, you can fire the FBI director who is conducting that investigation. If your attorney general will not ignore the advice of ethics lawyers and intervene on your behalf, you can fire the attorney general. You can then hire a new attorney general who has written to you about how he thinks the case against you is bogus and then that person can get confirmed by the Senate of your party even without requiring that that attorney general recuse himself. And then in place, that attorney general can do exactly what he was hired to do and make the obstruction of justice case go away. And also prevent the Congress from seeing the results, the full results of that investigation. That’s what I mean. That’s what Roy Cohen would do and, sadly, this is where we are only two years into this presidency.
Trump is a lawless president
After two years of Trump chaos, it can sometimes be hard to keep track of all the ways this president has undermined the rule of law and institutions key to the health of American democracy.
But hearing so many of them laid out by Congressman Schiff in less than a minute should give any U.S. citizen a jolt back into reality. Trump is a clear and present danger to American democracy, and it’s important for Congress and voters to fight back.
Ultimately, this is a president who cares nothing about the Constitution he swore to defend in January 2017. The danger he poses to the country is only growing as he purges his own administration and increasingly surrounds himself by people who share his same disinterest in the rule of law.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.