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Lock Mnuchin up! (And give Maxine Waters the key.)

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Ladies and gentlemen, our nation is in a crisis. It is in a crisis about whether or not to label the current moment a crisis.

Facing the blanket refusal by the Trump administration to cooperate with any and all congressional oversight, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) last week proclaimed a full-blown “constitutional crisis.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she agreed.

On the other side, the man who precipitated the purported crisis, President Trump, respectfully disagreed. “The Democrats new and pathetically untrue sound bite is that we are in a ‘Constitutional Crisis,’ ” he remarked as part of a 118-tweet fusillade that included an attack on his handpicked FBI chief. “They are a sad JOKE! We may have the strongest Economy in our history.”

He wrote this before the Dow Jones industrial average tumbled more than 600 points because of his trade war with China.

Is it a crisis or not? And “Would we even know one if it bonked us on the heads?” asked Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick. She put the question to 10 legal experts and got a split decision: Four said no crisis, three said crisis, and three disputed the validity of the question (they are lawyers, after all). “Crisis schmisis,” replied Harvard’s Laurence Tribe.

If we’re not in a crisis yet, we certainly would be in one........

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