Dem lawmaker says Trump 'has in many respects become a dictator'

TheHill | 5/8/2019 | Justin Wise
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Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) said Wednesday that President Trump's attempts to block Congress from performing its oversight function is indicative of his growing authoritarianism.

"They’re throwing every obstacle in our way because the president has in many respects become a dictator," Speier said on CNN. "He is trying to prevent Congress from doing its oversight action, and we won’t accept that."

Speier - Comments - Tensions - Democrats - Trump

Speier's comments came as tensions continue to escalate between Democrats and the Trump administration over special counsel Robert Mueller's report into Russia's election interference and whether Trump committed obstruction of justice.

Trump on Wednesday asserted executive privilege over Mueller's full report, a move that came just before the House Judiciary Committee convened to vote to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress because he failed to respond to a subpoena for an unredacted version of Mueller's report and its underlying materials.

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Speier said Democrats were moving forward with a contempt vote to turn up the...
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