Eugene Robinson: “The constitutional crisis is here”

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He has written this powerful column for tomorrow’s Washington Post that begins simply enough:

Stop waiting for the constitutional crisis that President Trump is sure to provoke. It’s here.

This is not a column that I can easily summarize.

It is tightly written.

It starts with “the tweet” on Sunday as the immediate provocation, noting that

Trump’s only rational goal is casting doubt on the probe by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, which appears to be closing in.

and immediately following that with this paragraph, before quoting the tweet in question:

Trump’s power play is a gross misuse of his presidential authority and a dangerous departure from long-standing norms. Strongmen such as Russia’s Vladimir Putin use their justice systems to punish enemies and deflect attention from their own crimes. Presidents of the United States do not — or did not, until Sunday’s tweet:

Robinson notes the false claim, fully supported by right-wing media, about a spy” who was ‘implanted” into Trump’s campaign for political purposes, of which Robinson notes

This claim is completely unsupported by the facts as we know them. Trump wants you to believe a lie.

There is much more in this column.  Scattered throughout are digs at Trump, such as

The truth appears to be precisely the opposite of what Trump says, which is not uncommon.

He notes the apparent panic of the President since the seizure of information from MIchael Cohen, and then writes

The question is whether he sees this “spy” nonsense as a way to discredit Mueller’s eventual findings, or as a pretext for trying to end the investigation with a bloody purge akin to Richard Nixon’s “Saturday Night Massacre.

It is worth remembering that the stories in The New York Times and The Washington Post that are the public focus of Trump’s “outrage” are accompanied in time by the outing of Trump’s son Don as having met with those offering help by Arab leaders, something we had not previously known, and which provides Mueller with more than enough information to indict the son on felony charges.

You have to read this column, and you should pass it on.

Let me merely share the final two paragraphs, which Robinson sets up by describing how he thinks Rosenstein is trying to avoid a showdown, and saying that he fears Rosenstein is wrong in believing he can do so:

None of this is normal or acceptable. One of the bedrock principles of our system of government is that no one is above the law, not even the president. But a gutless Congress has refused, so far, to protect this sacred inheritance.

Trump is determined to use the Justice Department and the FBI to punish those he sees as political enemies. This is a crisis, and it will get worse.

Yes it will.

What is left of our democracy is tonight in serious peril.

Go read the column.

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Sallie Daggy
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Sallie Daggy
STOP writing propaganda to spin that our President is creating the crisis when it was Obama and his Administration fabricating the crisis with all their illegal actions spying on the Trump Campaign with illegal FISA warrants and paying 9 million to an Ex FBI Spy with connections to Russia (there is your collusion!) for a phony unsubstantiated, unverified Dossier for which after 2 years is still unverified! And also paying informant spies, possibly more than one, a million dollars each to infiltrate the Trump Campaign. OMG could the Democrats be more CRIMINAL! You can’t save Obama and all his Democrat… Read more »
Allan
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Allan

What a delusional point of view..Choose to live in the past if you wish, at the end of the day, if ‘Cadet bone spurs’ has nothing to hide then he has nothing to fear.

Clearly he is scared shitless of his future as his own past is catching up with him & all he can do now is to distract the narrative to smear the country’s most respected criminal investigators..good luck with that..

I can’t tell you how much i am enjoying him squirm, i love Karma..

Paula Harvey
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Paula Harvey

What a blind idiot you are!