Letters to the Editor: The Constitution has no workable remedy for a president who tells Congress ‘no’

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump
President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump walk down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington on inauguration day, Jan. 20, 2017.
(Evan Vucci / Associated Press)

To the editor: The framers of our Constitution were brilliant, but for all their efforts not to have a king in the U.S., they could not foresee one thing: a president who says no. (“After 13-hour session, Republicans OK rules for Trump impeachment trial over Democratic objections,” Jan. 21)

There are no teeth other than impeachment and removal to keep a recalcitrant president in line. Trump understands as only a bully can that “if I say no, what are they going to do, impeach me?”

Subpoenas have been served. Trump said no. Were he running a business, federal agents would have shown up at his offices armed with subpoenas and removed boxes and boxes of relevant documents.

Now, one might say a president deserves protection from this kind of raid. So, Trump gets subpoenas. He laughs at them. He says no.

And, there’s not a blessed thing Congress can do besides impeachment and removal.


Diane Cohen, Tarzana