Chuckles: Can we conclude that a great many people have no idea how the Constitution works?
Haiku: Any reference to the Constitution (or similar e.g. the Magna Carta) tends to bring to mind Samuel Goldwyn’s immortal “A verbal contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on”.
Chuckles: In the American, as in USA, context it’s both the source of the current divide in the populus, and the source of their entire national structure.
The first because the current sore losers believe that what the Constitution says depends on what we decide it says today, and the Trump supporters demand that the country return to a strict implementation of exactly what the thing says.
The second, because the Constitution lays out the explicit transfer of powers from the people of the USA themselves, in which it inheres, to the Congress assembled, to decide on the laws of the land. Secondly to the President to execute and implement the laws of the land, and to the Supreme Court to adjudicate on the laws of the land.
As such, the claim of Trump being kept in the dark, and the agencies doing so if it is true, show little appreciation for the fact that the ONLY reason any agency of the US Govt has to collect any such thing, is in order to hand it to the President. The Agencies of the US Govt are created and dissolved at the pleasure of the President, insofar as they exist only because he has determined that their efforts are needed to assist him in carrying out his Constitutionally assigned duties.
Note also, of course that Congress can decide that certain duties should not be performed, and either pass legislation declaring this (which would have to be Constitutional, of course), or to deline to approve any funding for the activity….
So saying, as a federal employee that one has collected info, but are withholding it from the pres, is sedition, malfeasance or any number of other crimes…
Needless to say, the press and most fed employees are currently oblivious to this, as it has never occurred to them, or been pointed out to them inwords they comprehend.
But the fight is almost entirely about returning to a strict interp of the Constitution, which would not bode well for many Judges and federal employees. Or for sitting Congress members if they fail to go along.
Haiku: Trump should revert to a more measured style – including quoting the Constitution where appropriate – when reacting, much like one does when training an animal. Eventually even the media will be able to understand …