Back when he worked for Ken Starr, the future justice had no tolerance for anything that could be construed as obstructing Congress.
The Supreme Court has avoided taking sides in what Bill Barr calls a “scorched earth, no-holds-barred war” between Congress and the president. That could end this week.
With its own legitimacy at stake, the Supreme Court has avoided weighing in on the president’s attempts to make the legal system his personal guardian. That’s about to change.
If Barr’s DOJ had even pretended to follow procedure, it could have bottled things up. Instead, Barr himself opened the door for—and all but necessitated—Congress’ investigation.
He’s arguing that Congress can’t talk to anyone who heard directly from him, and can’t trust anyone else.
Rao, whom Trump appointed, sided with his dubious contention that the Constitution provides the president with “enhanced protections” from impeachment.
Trump’s DOJ is arguing that Congress should never have heard Nixon’s “smoking gun” tape and should be barred from reviewing any further evidence of Trump’s criminality.
He gave Trump the green light for such antics. After all, he argued for the president’s broad authority to stop investigations in his memo over the Mueller Report.
Fall is here. Congress is back. The president isn’t out of trouble. A look at the post-Mueller probes.
An impeachment inquiry won’t help and could be counterproductive. There is another tool, though, used from Watergate to Benghazi and beyond.