Listen: President, Congress And President Trump Congressman Jamie Raskin discussed on All In with Chris Hayes
"House making the. Outrageous, claim that Notre that a president cannot be held accountable in any way to the American people. They say the Justice department can't hold them accountable, sitting president cannot be indicted and other saying that congress can I hold a prison accountable. This is ridiculous. It would make the present above the law. And of course, we totally rejected. Join now a member of congressional committees trying to conduct investigations into President Trump congressman Jamie Raskin in Maryland, who sits on both judiciary oversight committee's what is your understanding based on the arguments before federal judge yesterday and the letter received by your committee of the theory, the legal theory under hurting the assertions by the White House counsel and the president's personal attorney well, the theory is that the president is essentially a constitutional monarch, and he stands above congress. He stands above the courts, and that's a complete inversion of the constitutional design under our constitution. Congresses. In article one, we're the lawmaking power. We received the sovereign power from the people we can impeach the president. We can impeach executive officers. He cannot impeach us. So he's got it backwards. And so congress is in the process of reasserting, our constitutional preeminence. We are not just a co equal branch. We are the first among equals, and we have a president who thinks he's a king, and his acting completely lawless manner. You mentioned something you mentioned impeachment there, which strikes me as part of what I understand, to be the case here that are they seem to be making this argument that there has to be a legislative purpose, wouldn't the beginning of impeachment proceedings. Just vitiate. The legal arguments are making well, I think it would you're right about that. Of course it's unnecessary because the supreme court is short Peterlee said that the power of inquiry is integral and essential to the legislative branch. I mean, think of it as kind of the first amendment condensed into the legislative process this. Is how we discuss things. This is that we get information. This is how we decide what to do. And never before has any court said that congress has to give the executive branch or reason for getting information about our government. This is our government. These are our leaders if you don't want to be involved in the process, you should just resign and get outta here. Otherwise, you do what the president did during the Hilary Clinton Email investigation during the Benghazi investigation during fast and furious. You turn over the information. That's it. I mean that is the role of the executive branch. So this is a completely unacceptable attempt to elevate the president into a king, and we"