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Constitutional crisis?

On Wednesday, House Judiciary Committee head, Jerry Nadler, claimed that the US Government had entered a full blown Constitutional crisis. He made the claim after the Committee voted for the release of the entire Mueller Report, held back by Attorney General (AG) William Barr.

So what does that mean?

Much debate exists on the definition of a Constitutional crisis. Though each side has its allies and foes, some fit somewhere in the middle. For example, ex-FBI Director James Comey believes the Trump Administration is “testing the constitutional design."


NO CRISIS:

National Review: Constitutional crisis as absurdist theater

ABC News: Showdown over Mueller report is a 'constitutional crisis,' Pelosi says, but resists calls to impeach Trump

Those that believe there’s no crisis zone in on Mueller’s report, and the fact that the councilman found no obvious collusion nor obstruction. They also cite that the Democrats have yet to take any concrete action.

CRISIS:

New York Times: Pelosi declares nation is in a ‘Constitutional crisis’

Newsweek: Nancy Pelosi agrees America is in a Constitutional Crisis, Trump officials fail to 'respect the oath of office'

Those that believe the country’s in a constitutional crisis focus on that fact that Trump’s administration have ignored subpoenas and have displayed other obstructionist behaviors. For example, the Treasury Department missed a third deadline for the release of Trump’s tax returns.


Where's the common ground?

Both sides actually agree that the Trump Administration and AG Barr have “obstructed," though the side that we've called “no crisis” labels it “extremely minor in the obstruction volume.” Both also believe Democrats will act in some way in the near future. Watch out!  

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