House Judiciary chair: 'We are now in a constitutional crisis'


House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler said that Congress cannot and will not flinch in the face of obstruction efforts by the Trump administration.

House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler said Wednesday that the United States is in the midst of a constitutional crisis. Nadler made the comments shortly after his committee voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt for defying Congress by refusing to release the full, un-redacted Mueller report.

"We've talked for a long time about approaching a constitutional crisis," Nadler said. "We are now in it. We are now in a constitutional crisis."

"We must resist this," he added. "This is far broader than Republican or Democratic or even the rights of Congress. This is whether we can put limits on the power of the president — any president — and the executive branch, and hold the president — any president — accountable. That's what is at stake here. We cannot flinch and we will not flinch."

Trump has thrown the country into a constitutional crisis because of his relentless and ongoing attempts to obstruct justice. The Mueller report exposed some of those attempts, and now Trump's administration, including Barr, are following his lead and obstructing the ability of Congress to carry out its constitutional oversight responsibilities.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.