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Democratic Lawmaker Warns That Trump 'Could Become A Tyrant'

President Trump’s criticism of various federal agencies shows that he is hostile to the nation’s separation of powers, a Democratic congresswoman suggested Tuesday.

“I am concerned that the president of the United States is systematically trying to shut down every possible branch of government but the presidency," Rep. Jackie Speier of California declared on MSNBC. “So you’ve got him attacking the judiciary, you have him attacking the CIA, you have him attacking the Department of Justice, the FBI. I mean, this is the conduct of someone who could become a tyrant if we don’t step in and speak out against him.”

Newsmax reported that the lawmaker called Trump’s statements impugning the agencies “so un-presidential.” She added: “He is undermining the very foundation of this country and the institutions that we hold so dear and that are protected in the Constitution of the United States.”

Speier was reacting to Trump’s Twitter messages last weekend, when he blasted Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe. The official has been involved in the bureau’s investigation of the private email server Hillary Clinton used as secretary of state, as well as the current inquiry into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to meddle in the 2016 election.

The president accused McCabe of being prejudiced in the two cases because of a pro-Democrat bias. The FBI advised the Justice Department to not prosecute Clinton, arguing that there was insufficient evidence to charge her with any crime.

The MSNBC interview was not the first time Speier had lashed out at the president concerning the Russian probe. The Hill reported that on Dec. 12, she said there was speculation that Trump intended to fire Mueller.

“The rumor on (Capitol) Hill when I left yesterday was that the president was going to make a significant speech at the end of next week, and on Dec. 22, when we are out of D.C., he was going to fire Robert Mueller,” the congresswoman told KQED News in California. The prediction did not come true.

Speier warned that if Trump dismissed the special counsel, it would be “Saturday massacre 2.0” and prove “without a doubt” that an “impeachment effort” is warranted.

She was referring to the so-called “massacre” in 1973, when former President Richard Nixon ordered the firing of a special prosecutor investigating the Watergate scandal. After the attorney general and deputy attorney general resigned rather than comply with the directive, Nixon persuaded Solicitor General Robert Bork to sack the prosecutor. The incident helped set the stage for Nixon’s resignation the following year.

Speier, a member of the House Intelligence Committee that has been investigating the Russian affair, alleged that Trump was attempting to thwart the probe. She complained that the committee’s Republican leaders were not scheduling any further testimony.

“We can read between the lines, I think,” Speier said. “I believe this president wants all of this shut down. He wants to shut down these investigations, and he wants to fire special counsel Mueller.”

The top-ranking Democrat on the committee, California Rep. Adam Schiff, agreed. “By shutting down the congressional investigations when they continue to discover new and important evidence, the White House can exert tremendous pressure to end or curtail Mueller’s investigation or cast doubt on it. We cannot let that happen.”

Source: Newsmax
Photo: NBC, MSNBC/Twitter, LA Times, Gage Skidmore

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