“Overt defiance of presidential authority by the president’s own appointees – now that’s a constitutional crisis.”
David Frum, in response to this NYT op-ed:
Impeachment is a constitutional mechanism. The Twenty-Fifth Amendment is a constitutional mechanism. Mass resignations followed by voluntary testimony to congressional committees are a constitutional mechanism. Overt defiance of presidential authority by the president’s own appointees – now that’s a constitutional crisis.
If the president’s closest advisers believe that he is morally and intellectually unfit for his high office, they have a duty to do their utmost to remove him from it, by the lawful means at hand. That duty may be risky to their careers in government or afterward. But on their first day at work, they swore an oath to defend the Constitution — and there were no “riskiness” exemptions in the text of that oath.
Another coward inside a clown administration hoping for a future book deal? Most likely. Come forward, resign in style, or – STFU.
This Is a Constitutional Crisis [Atlantic]