Republican Senator Jeff Flake on Trump: "Our Presidency has been Debased"
Sam Stein, Daily Beast: Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake took the opportunity of addressing this year's graduating class at Harvard Law School to warn that the country was approaching a “constitutional crisis,” and that Congress was abdicating its article I responsibilities to rein in the President.
From Flake's speech, Daily Beast: “This is it, if you have been wondering what the bottom looks like,” he said, per his prepared remarks. “This is what it looks like when you stress-test all of the institutions that undergird our constitutional democracy, at the same time. You could say that we are witnesses to history, and if it were possible to divorce ourselves from the obvious tragedy of this debacle, I suppose that might even be interesting, from an academic perspective. The way some rare diseases are interesting to medical researchers.”
It should be noted that Flake is retiring at the end of his term, and that Republicans running for reelection have not spoken up as candidly. As Trump ramps up his war against the FBI, Justice Department, and Special Prosecutor, Robert Mueller, who else will choose Country over party? Flake was not hopeful on that score: "our Article I branch of government, the Congress, is utterly supine in the face of the moral vandalism that flows from the White House daily.”