A biographer of President TrumpDonald John TrumpNapolitano claims Trump violated separation of powers 3 times in last week Work on surprise medical bills goes into overdrive Trump pardons media tycoon, former GOP leader of California State Assembly MORE‘s said Wednesday night that Trump doesn’t hold the separation of powers in high regard because he believes in “genetic superiority.”
“The president’s father would repeat to him when he was growing up, ‘You’re a killer, you’re a king.’ So this idea of some people being elevated, some people being above all others, in this case above the law, I don’t think is foreign to him,” Michael D’Antonio said on “CNN Tonight with Don Lemon.” “I think it feels natural. He’s someone who believes in genetic superiority. He told me, ‘I don’t respect most people because they’re not worthy of respect.'”
D’Antonio, a CNN contributor who wrote the book “The Truth About Trump,” concluded by asking, “Why would he would respect the separation of powers, checks and balances, any system that is inconvenient for him?”
The comments came as tensions mount between the White House and House Democrats about the administration’s defying ongoing congressional investigations.
The administration on Wednesday rejected the House Judiciary Committee’s request for documents related to its investigation into whether Trump obstructed justice and committed abuses of power.
The move came about a week after Trump asserted executive privilege over special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE‘s full report.
The White House counsel Pat Cipollone contended that the House panel’s investigation amounted to a “do over” of Mueller’s probe.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerTrump tweets conservative commentator’s criticism of FBI director Actress Marcia Gay Harden records Mother’s Day message in support of LGBTQ rights bill 2020 hopeful Kamala Harris says US faces constitutional crisis MORE (D-N.Y.) said the White House’s response was “ridiculous,” adding that the move prevented Trump from being held accountable.
Nadler also said Wednesday that Trump’s conduct was “making it increasingly difficult” not to impeach him.
“No questions are being answered about any subject. And then, when subpoenas are being issued, there’s a blanket command, disobey all subpoenas. Nobody should testify, and nobody should give documents to Congress,” he said.
Democratic leadership has called for continuing investigations into Trump before coming to a decision regarding impeachment.