The Democrats are confused. This week, Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerold Nadler declared that the United States had entered a period of “constitutional crisis.” The Trump administration’s general contempt for congressional oversight authority had brought the country to the brink. Nadler called the administration’s behavior a “blatant abuse of power,” but when pressed about the remedies the House of Representatives planned to pursue to address this “crisis,” he ruled out impeachment. That, Nadler said, would “not be the best answer in this constitutional crisis.”
So, following the chairman’s logic, impeachment is not a viable (if undesirable) remedy to the current “constitutional crisis,” and there are other ways for the House to resolve the current impasse? If so, then this particular “constitutional crisis” isn’t a crisis at all. It is a confrontation between the branches of government, in which the executive has arguably exceeded its authority, and the legislature can appeal to more than one means of seeking redress spelled out in … the Constitution.