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A Constitutional Crisis of immense proportions has descended upon our nation's capitol

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A Constitutional Crisis of immense proportions has descended upon our nation's capitol

A Constitution crisis, a massive political war between the executive and the legislative branches of this government, has suddenly descended upon Washington D.C. and is spreading chaos and havoc across America.

This is not just a Constitutional crisis, it's a full-blown war initiated by this president, Donald J. Trump, against the Congress with the intent of destroying its Constitutional powers of acting in its role as a check and balance against a co-equal branch when that is necessary.

For some time we have been hearing dire predictions that, if this government doesn't radically change course and put an end to the massive political impasse that exists between Democrats and Republicans, this country will find itself in a Constitutional crisis. Unfortunately, that warning was not heeded and that crisis and the associated war is now upon us.

What exactly is a Constitutional crisis? One definition is that it' s " when two or more branches of the gove rnment have reached a point at which a continuing dispute over the interpretation of a law or a violation of a provision in the Constitution results in a stalemate that, seemingly, can't be resolved."

Anyone who doubts that we in America are in the midst of such a crisis just needs to take a good look at what's happening between the president and Congress. House Democrats are trying to carry out their Constitutional responsibilities of oversight while Trump and Republicans in the Senate are blocking all their attempts to do so.

Democrats indicate that they are going to issue subpoenas and even contempt of Congress citations to witnesses who refuse to testify before House committees. Trump has indicated that he will block any such attempts by witnesses to testify, and that represents yet more obstruction of justice on his part. He is, once again, breaking the law.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has refused to provide Trump's IRS tax returns to the House as called for by a 1924 law that says that, when requested by an appropriate House committee, the returns "shall" be provided and any responsible person who refuses to do so shall be subject to very severe penalties; heavy fines, or even prison time.

AG Barr has refused to furnish an unredacted Mueller report demanded by the House Judiciary committee and, in a special hearing, was given a citation for contempt of Congress. He, the chief law enforcement officer in America, has been flaunting the law of the land and now may pay a heavy price as a result.

So e have Trump, Mnuchin, Barr and others behind the scenes at the White House, refusing to adhere to existing law, thumbing their noses at the Constitution, and daring anyone to try to stop them.

Trump, if he was totally innocent of any wrongdoing, would not be in a state of hysteria and blocking everything Democrats are trying to do; and he would welcome opening up any part of the Mueller report. And then, if nothing that would implicate him was found, he would make the Democrats look like complete fools.

But that's not the case, he knows what he did, and he doesn't want Congress to view certain documentation that would, in fact, implicate him in various nefarious actions.

Trump and his congressional servants are determined to hide the truth. They don't want anyone to see that this president has broken any number of laws to hide the truth. But, while it may take some time, the truth will eventually prevail.

Who is going to win this war, those who are trying to carry out their Constitutional responsibilities or those who have chosen to refuse to uphold the oaths that they made when entering office? We don't know yet who is going to come out on top in this standoff but, if it continues without any resolution, it could take down this entire government.

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