It certainly will come as no shock that Donald Trump has no clue as to the meaning of the term “separation of powers.” He has flagrantly been interfering with the ongoing Trump Russia probe sincelast summer, persuading top GOP senators, including Richard Burr, the senate intelligence committee chairman, to bring the investigation to an end. New York Times:
“It was something along the lines of, ‘I hope you can conclude this as quickly as possible,’” Mr. Burr said. He said he replied to Mr. Trump that “when we have exhausted everybody we need to talk to, we will finish.”
As Dianne Feinstein put it, “It is pressure that should never be brought to bear by an official when the legislative branch is in the process of an investigation.” If corruption in government weren’t so thoroughly baked in and normalized by the present administration, Trump would be answering for his behavior and not asking senators doing their jobs to account for theirs.
Some of Mr. Trump’s advisers feared he would move to fire Mr. Mueller, an option that the president pointedly left open in an Oval Office interview with The New York Times in July.
During this time, Mr. Trump made several calls to senators without senior staff present, according to one West Wing official. According to senators and other Republicans familiar with the conversations, Mr. Trump would begin the talks on a different topic but eventually drift toward the Russia investigation.
In conversations with Mr. McConnell and Senator Bob Corker, the Tennessee Republican who is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Mr. Trump voiced sharp anger that congressional Republicans were not helping lift the cloud of suspicion over Russia, the senators told political allies. The Times reported in August that the president had complained to Mr. McConnell that he was failing to shield Mr. Trump from an ongoing Senate inquiry.
The earlier call with Mr. Burr, however, was perhaps the most invasive, given Mr. Burr’s role directly supervising the Senate’s investigation of Mr. Trump.
Mr. Burr told other senators that Mr. Trump had stressed that it was time to “move on” from the Russia issue, using that language repeatedly, according to people who spoke with Mr. Burr over the summer. One Republican close to Mr. Burr, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that Mr. Trump had been “very forceful.”
It goes without saying that other Republicans are defending Trump by saying that he’s unfamiliar with presidential procedures; although an eighth grade civics class could educate him as to the concept of separation of powers and the roles of the various branches of government. Maybe when Trump is a visitor to the House of Many Doors and has a little down time he could catch up on some of his remedial education?