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What Happens When a President and Congress Go to War? by Emilly Bazelon

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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.'

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Even if he loses the next election, the damage he's done to our political system will be lasting.Restoring American democracy to healthy functioning will take more than the ejection of Donald Trump from the White House. Shoring up the frayed political system will require leaders who can rebuild Americans' trust in one another and in institutions, and reestablish historical norms. As Trump assembles fuel and flame to scorch the earth he leaves behind, that will not be easy.Having lived through all this, will Democrats conclude that what's called for is a return to norms and normality? Or will they conclude that with opponents like these and with rules that are stacked against them, norms are for suckers? They might, quite plausibly, conclude the latter, imposing policies popular only among the far left via executive order or other meansthereby plunging the political system into an even deeper crisis in Trump's aftermath. If neither side abides by the rules of democracy, then democracy effectively ceases to exist.

This moment in time is not about Donald Trump; it is about the future, where a president can do anything ..like a king .

And in this moment in time, there is a person in the office that has vern experienced accountability for his behavior. He uses rogue lawyers to take anyone to court, challenging him them to face the music, and in the end, he wears them out and they 'settle.'

With a mobster in the WH, defying the very laws he swore to uphold, we are swiftly moving into an authoritarian regime.

You and I depend on the Rule of Law. Politics and the internet is undoing our democracy.

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This is so important!

"Congress can investigate government corruption or the causes of a mistake or failure (like the burning of Washington by British troops in 1814 or the attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, nearly 200 years later). The idea is that lawmakers need to scrutinize to know what's gone wrong, and then they can fix it by doing their main job of legislating."

'The power struggle between the branches playing out now is what the framers relied on and expected. The checks and balances of American governance are at once fragile and durable, and they've been recalibrated in times of crisis.'

'The impeachment process can be the focal point for propelling Congress to reclaim its coequal place. "Disputes between Congress and the president are a recurring plot in our national story," Judge David Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit wrote in October , in a ruling for Congress (by a vote of 2 to 1) in a case, separate from impeachment, concerning whether it can subpoena the president's tax returns. Tatel quoted Justice Louis Brandeis, in a dissenting opinion from 1926: The purpose of the separation of powers was "by means of the inevitable friction incident to the distribution of the governmental powers among three departments, to save the people from autocracy."

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