Thursday, August 3, 2017

It Only Works When You Work It

Quick reminder: Checks and Balances is a metaphor, not a mechanism.

AP News:

Republican Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware plan to introduce the legislation Thursday. The bill would allow any special counsel for the Department of Justice to challenge his or her removal in court, with a review by a three-judge panel within 14 days of the challenge.

The bill would be retroactive to May 17, 2017 — the day Mueller was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible ties to Donald Trump’s campaign.

“It is critical that special counsels have the independence and resources they need to lead investigations,” Tillis said in a statement. “A back-end judicial review process to prevent unmerited removals of special counsels not only helps to ensure their investigatory independence, but also reaffirms our nation’s system of check and balances.”

Legislators have been ceding power to the Executive for decades - this is one of a very few times Congress Critters have reared up and made a noise like they understand the idea of "First Among Equals".

Defend your institutions or lose them forever.

So way to go, guys. 

But seriously - it's about fuckin' time.

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