Former U.S. Senators Warn of 'Constitutional Crisis' Under TrumpTop Stories

December 11, 2018 15:14
Former U.S. Senators Warn of 'Constitutional Crisis' Under Trump

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Both the major party former senators in the United States on Monday warned of threats to the U.S. democracy under President Donald Trump, a "constitutional crisis" for America.

The total forty-four ex-senators said the convergence of events - as special counsel Robert Mueller probes whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russia to tilt the 2016 election in his favor, and a soon-to-be Democrat-led House starts launching related probes - made for extremely precarious political waters.

The 44 comprise Democrats like John Kerry and Bill Bradley and Republicans like Richard Lugar and Ben Nighthorse Campbell, and they paint the situation ominously as a constitutional crisis.

"It is our shared view that we are entering a dangerous period, and we feel an obligation to speak up about serious challenges to the rule of law, the Constitution, our governing institutions and our national security," the ex-lawmakers wrote in a Washington Post opinion piece Monday.

"We are at an inflection point in which the foundational principles of our democracy and our national security interests are at stake, and the rule of law and the ability of our institutions to function freely and independently must be upheld," they wrote.

And "at other critical moments in our history, when constitutional crises have threatened our foundations, it has been the Senate that has stood in defense of our democracy. Today is once again such a time," the group stressed.

They urged current and future members of the U.S. Senate to make certain that "partisanship or self-interest does not replace national interest." Bipartisan cooperation has plunged with Trump in power.

How lawmakers in both houses of Congress deal the crisis will be key to how the nation handles Trump's being its first sitting president involved in a felony.

Referred to as "Individual-1," Trump was directly implicated in ordering payments to alleged ex-lovers - which prosecutors believe sought to influence the outcome of the election.

Meanwhile, President Trump believes that he could be impeached and sees it as a real possibility. White House officials, however, do not believe that investigation into possible collusion with Russia in 2016 U.S. presidential elections could lead to his impeachment.

Talks of impeachment came up recently when prosecutors made a blockbuster filing in the Southern District of New York. Prosecutors directly claimed for the first time that Cohen was being directed by Trump when he broke the law in the 2016 presidential campaign.

He also said that payments to the women - Playboy model Karen McDougal and porn star Stormy Daniels were private transactions. He also added that Cohen was lying in order to get his prison sentence reduced.

-Sowmya Sangam

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