Trump’s claim that he doesn’t have to comply with Congress is wrong, and the courts are about to show him the reasons why.
Trump believes that he doesn’t need to comply with any subpoenas from Congress
The Washington Post reported:
In an interview with The Washington Post, Trump said that complying with congressional requests was unnecessary after the White House cooperated with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s probe of Russian interference and the president’s own conduct in office.
“There is no reason to go any further, and especially in Congress where it’s very partisan — obviously very partisan,” Trump said.
Trump’s idea that he doesn’t have to listen to Congress, and that the Legislative Branch is not a co-equal branch of government is nothing new. Trump has been talking about the notion of an all-powerful Executive since before he took office. His behavior in office has been that of a president who believes that he has unlimited powers.
The president does not have unlimited powers, and he will undoubtedly be forced to comply with Congress. Trump’s real motive is to obstruct and stall the congressional investigations.
Trump is trying to stall Congress until after the 2020 election
Trump is trying to stall the investigations until after the 2020 election, where he hopes that he will win reelection, Republicans will take back the House, and all of the inquiries will go away. Trump is going to make Democrats take him to court to get access to every single witness and document. Trump may believe that he doesn’t need to comply with Congress, but the Constitution states otherwise.
Donald Trump isn’t going to win this fight, but he is hoping to keep the investigations tied up in court long enough to get him through the 2020 election, which is not the behavior of an innocent president.
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Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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