Editor: The United States is currently in constitutional crisis precipitated by the president’s refusal to comply with congressional subpoenas for information relating to several issues including those raised in the 489-page Mueller Report. The President of the United States is willingly in violation of the constitutional doctrine of separation of powers. In so doing, Congress is unable to discharge its constitutional oversight responsibilities, by refusing to honor legitimate congressional subpoenas uttering specious claims that the President of the United States is above the law.
The willful obstruction of the operation of American government is apparently motivated by the rising panic of an increasingly feral president desperately fighting a losing battle to prevent Congressional exercise of its Article II, Section 4, authority based on the “substantial evidence” of obstruction of justice uncovered in the Mueller Report.
The president claims that the Mueller Report completely exonerates him, “No Obstruction, No Collusion,” in his typical sound-bite fashion. Another lie. The Mueller investigation uncovered “substantial evidence” of Presidential acts of obstruction of justice in a number of areas, including firing former FBI Director James Comey (p.265-266); his efforts to remove the Special Counsel, by ordering White House Counsel Don McGahn to fire him (p.88-89); “substantial evidence” that the president attempted to prevent further investigative scrutiny of the president’s campaign’s conduct; that the president sought to limit the scope of the Special Counsel’s jurisdiction to “future election interference only;” (p.359); that by repeatedly urging White House Counsel Don McGahn to fire the Special Counsel, “the President acted for the purpose of influencing [McGahn] … to deflect or prevent further scrutiny of the President’s conduct towards the investigation.” (p.382) The list goes on.
The president’s actions are violations of his oath of office, which includes the promise to “faithfully execute the Officeof President, and … preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” The Mueller Report is a compelling, detailed accounting of this president’s failure to meet the standards of his oath, two-thirds of the way through his first—and last—term.
Randy Ihara, South Riding