Are we on the verge of a constitutional crisis?
Many consider that the President has placed himself above the law, but those who have truly given him that power are those who renounced conservationism to…
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Making predictions in the Trump Era is a dangerous bet; especially when the president prefers to govern through the mask of social networks and when the inconsistencies of his decisions always seem to explode sooner than you may think.
But several national and international analysts have echoed the warnings of the Democratic Party when, after a confidential memorandum went public last weekend, President Donald Trump could be putting himself above the law.
"To say that that’s the end of the investigation (about the Russiagate), that this is all Trump needs to fire Rosenstein or Bob Mueller, could precipitate a constitutional crisis," said the Senate minority whip, Dick Durbin to CNN. "If the House Republicans believe they have set the stage for this president to end this investigation, they are basically saying that in America a man is above the law."
Durbin referred to the so-called "Nunes Memo," a classified document questioning the use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) by the FBI in an investigation into the Trump campaign during the period of 2016 presidential elections, and in which the legality of some interactions between the bureau and the Department with foreign sources of information that were politically biased, was warned.
At the discretion of the President, the document was made public, putting at risk the continuity of the current investigation and, according to several FBI officials, without taking into account some erroneous facts within its wording.
For Republicans and for the Trump administration in general, the publication of the document served as evidence that the tycoon's presidency was being sabotaged by an investigation into Russian interference in the process (Russiagate) under the supervision of special lawyer Robert Mueller.
Consequently, over the weekend Trump wrote on Twitter that the memo drafted by Republican lawmakers would be sufficient cause to end Mueller's investigation, putting pressure on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein who oversees the special lawyer.
For anyone with a minimum of historical memory, this would seem to be a political déjà vu: in 1973, President Nixon executed a similar maneuver by dismissing independent special attorney Archibald Cox, which resulted in the resignations of Attorney General Elliot Richardson and the Deputy Attorney William Ruckelshaus. We all know how the matter ended.
But this time, the resignation of the president before an impending impeachment does not seem to be in the picture.
While according to Adam Schiff, the leading Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Trump's decision to ignore warnings from the FBI and the Justice Department against the publication of the document "could be evidence of the president’s intent to interfere with the investigation,” as he told ABC, the constitutional crisis that’s coming will fall into the hands of the Republican Party exclusively.
According to The Atlantic, the GOP has become "a threat to the constitutional order," by unalterably backing Trump’s team decisions.
"The problem is not just Donald Trump; it’s the larger political apparatus that made a conscious decision to enable him," Jonathan Rauch and Benjamin Wittes explain in their column, emphasizing the urgent need for a partisan approach in support of the Democrat counterpart that can save us all from this black hole.
Be that as it may, the crisis is a fact and all the fingers point to the big red and blue elephant in the room.