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"The framers built this whole ingenious & infuriating system of government because they’d lived under the rule of a king, & understood the inherent danger."They could have reduced the friction among the branches by creating “3 airtight departments of government,” each sealed off from the other 2 as the Supreme Court pointed out in 1977 , but they put in place a system of overlapping branches, and thus, Congress fights to maintain oversight by exposing the inner workings of the executive branch. But for decades the executive branch has grown bolder about withholding information in the name of national security or executive privilege, to keep the president’s communications confidential. Congress has become unable to enforce its own orders. Trump has fit the model of an “imperial presidency,” historians say, by asserting in court that he is beyond the reach of criminal law."