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Nadler: Trump's disregard for the law is causing a constitutional crisis

House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y) told CNN Wednesday that President Trump's repeated flouting of the rule of law has thrust the U.S. into a constitutional crisis.

"Certainly it’s a constitutional crisis. I don’t like to use that phrase because it’s been used for far less dangerous situations. The phrase has been overused. We’re in one because the president is disobeying the law, refusing all information to Congress. … It’s a lawless administration. We cannot have a lawless administration.”

Driving the news: Nadler's Wednesday comments come ahead of the House Judiciary Committee's meeting to initiate contempt proceedings against Attorney General Bill Barr for refusing to provide the committee with an unredacted copy of the Mueller report.

The big picture: Barr's refusal is part of a broader strategy by the Trump administration to stonewall the Democrats' investigative efforts. The administration has no intention of cooperating with any of the House's subpoenas or document requests, and there's not much Democrats can do about it.