'Slow-Motion Constitutional Car Crash': Trump, Congress Battle Over Investigations with No End in Sight
Congressional Investigations Attorney Christopher Armstrong was quoted in a USA Today article regarding the battle of President Trump’s financial documents being released. Almost every president has dealt with congressional oversight, but most disputes have ended quietly. However, President Trump has carried out two federal court proceedings to prevent his disclosed documents. The president’s behavior has resulted in frustrated lawmakers and a “standoff” between the two branches.
Mr. Armstrong states, “This feels different – it feels less like stage-setting for negotiation and more like I’m going to punch you in the face and take your lunch money. And both sides want the other guy’s lunch money.”
Mr. Armstrong went on to say, “Aggressive assertion of congressional prerogatives – and aggressive defenses of the president’s privileges – are both a healthy and necessary part of our constitutional order.”