Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi escalated her contentious relationship with the White House Wednesday; claiming Congress is the “superior branch” of the US government compared to the executive branch.
“I think we’re a superior branch, quite frankly,” Pelosi said. “We have the power to make the law and the president enforces the law. So we have a big role. We’re closest to the people and we have a big role to play.”
Pelosi’s comments ignore the actual text of the US Constitution, which declares the government’s three branches as “separate but equal” to ensure a system of checks and balances to prevent tyranny.
Pelosi’s comments come as President Trump asserted his “executive privilege” regarding Robert Mueller’s final report; effectively blocking the unredacted material from Congressional lawmakers should they subpoena the documents.
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DEVELOPING: President Trump Asserts ‘Executive Privilege’ on Mueller Report
President Trump asserted ‘executive privilege’ Wednesday morning regarding Robert Mueller’s final report; effectively blocking its un-redacted release should Congressional Democrats subpoena the underlying material.
“The president’s move came after the Justice Department, late Tuesday night, requested that the House Judiciary Committee postpone a scheduled vote on to hold Attorney General Bill Barr in contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena to provide the Mueller files to the panel. The Justice Department warned that if the committee did not postpone the vote, the attorney general would recommend that Trump claim executive privilege over the materials,” reports Fox News.
“The Attorney General has been transparent and accommodating throughout this process, including by releasing the no-collusion, no-conspiracy, no-obstruction Mueller Report to the public and offering to testify before the Committee. These attempts to work with the Committee have been flatly rejected. They didn’t like the results of the report, and now they want a redo,” press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement on Wednesday.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
BERNIE BREAKS WITH DEMS: Sanders Says Trump-Kim Summit a ‘POSITIVE STEP’
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders publicly praised President Trump’s Singapore summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un Tuesday, saying the meeting was a “positive step” towards “de-escalating” tensions in the region.
The socialist Senator broke with Democrats after Pelosi slammed Trump’s high-stakes summit as “hasty,” adding Trump’s negotiation will help minimize the risk of nuclear war across the globe.
“While very light on substance, Trump and Kim Jong Un’s meeting is a positive step in de-escalating tensions and addressing the threat of North Korea’s nuclear weapons. Congress has a key role to play in making sure this is a meaningful process, not just a series of photo ops,” tweeted Sanders.
While very light on substance, Trump and Kim Jong Un's meeting is a positive step in de-escalating tensions and addressing the threat of North Korea’s nuclear weapons. Congress has a key role to play in making sure this is a meaningful process, not just a series of photo ops.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) June 12, 2018
The Senator’s comments come on the heels of Trump’s announcement that the US will halt all future war games with the South Korean military; saying the drills are too costly and too “provocative” at this sensitive time.