By Brandon Conradis, The Hill–
President Trump on Sunday took to Twitter to excoriate Democrats and the media over the suggestion that the U.S. is facing a “constitutional crisis,” calling the assertion “a pathetically untrue soundbite.”
“The Democrats new and pathetically untrue sound bite is that we are in a ‘Constitutional Crisis,'” Trump wrote in multiple tweets. “They and their partner, the Fake News Media, are all told to say this as loud and as often as possible. They are a sad JOKE! We may have the strongest Economy in our history, best employment numbers ever, low taxes & regulations, a rebuilt military & V.A., many great new judges, & so much more.”
Trump went on to claim the “real” constitutional crisis was “a giant SCAM perpetrated upon our nation, a Witch Hunt, a Treasonous Hoax.” The president has often used those terms to describe the FBI and special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigations into Russian election interference.
His tweets come after prominent Democrats, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.), last week made the assertion that the country is experiencing a constitutional crisis.
Nadler made his comments after his panel voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt for failing to turn over an unredacted version of Mueller’s final report.
“We’ve talked for a long time about approaching a Constitutional crisis. We are now in it,” Nadler told reporters following the vote.
“Now is the time of testing whether we can keep a republic, or whether this republic is destined to change into a different, more tyrannical form of government,” he added “We must resist this.”
The following day, Pelosi said at a press conference that she agrees with Nadler.
“Yes, I do agree with Chairman Nadler, because the administration has decided that they’re not going to honor their oath of office,” she said.
It’s unclear how congressional Democrats will move forward in response to the fallout from Mueller’s report. Pelosi has not said if the full House will vote on the contempt resolution against Barr.
Many progressive Democrats, meanwhile, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), have called for the House to begin an investigation into whether Trump should be impeached.
However, Pelosi has steadfastly resisted to go forward with impeachment, arguing it’s a distraction and not the most effective way to win as the U.S. heads into an election year.