Representative Brad Miller

Brad Miller represented North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2003 to 2013. He is now Of Counsel to the law firm of Guttman, Buschner & Brooks.  

 

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The 40-Year War

William Barr’s long struggle against congressional oversight

This article is a preview of the Fall 2019 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here . I have Article II, where I have the right to do whatever I want as president,” Donald Trump said in a recent speech to a far-right-wing campus organization. Trump is not a constitutional scholar, and he would not care at all about “constitutional architecture” were he not president. So where did this sweeping claim to executive power come from? Trump’s claims are largely motivated by self-interest, as all of Trump’s motivations begin with "self,” rather than any doctrinal belief. Congressional investigations may expose his venality and perhaps criminality, so Trump will fight them tooth and nail. But for Trump’s attorney general, William Barr, and others on the right, the effort to take power for the president from the courts and especially from Congress has been a 40-year project. Barr and his comrades may find statements like “I have...