“It is not now, nor has it ever been, the president’s choice to decide what Congress can investigate,” writes the Sun Sentinel Editorial Board. (Patrick Semansky / AP)
What’s happening in Washington has grown much larger and more important than the political futures of Donald Trump, Nancy Pelosi or any other figure in what has become a genuine constitutional crisis. It’s about the future of our democracy.
For the first time ever, a president is defying the authority — and the duty — of the Congress to investigate his conduct whenever it sees fit. It sets a horrible precedent for his successors. For this Congress to excuse it would set a disastrous precedent for its successors.
President Trump is holding himself above the law. No government of the people, for the people or by the people can afford to let any politician get away with that, least of all the one in charge.
Yes, Trump is adored by a majority of Republican voters. But no one, regardless of party, can be above the law. There was once a bipartisan understanding about that. Every American — whether Republican, Democrat or independent — has nothing to gain and everything to lose from allowing a president to flout the Constitution.[…]
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