Hillary Clinton says the Trump administration’s struggles with the U.S. House will show “whether it’s the rule of law or the rule of Trump” that the courts and Republicans obey.
Speaking at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire on Wednesday, the former secretary of state and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate says Trump administration’s recent defiance of subpoenas and claim of executive authority in its power struggle with the U.S. House will lead to “big court fights.”
Those fights, Clinton says, will most likely find their way to the Supreme Court.
She says, “We’ll see whether it’s the rule of law or the rule of Trump that the Republicans in the Congress and in the courts are going to abide by.”
Clinton criticized the Trump administration’s recent escalation of tensions with Iran – saying she “can’t imagine a more dangerous situation than the one we’re in now.”
The former secretary of state said the Trump administration’s recent sanctions against Iran and the deployment of an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf have only served to further erode relations between Washington and Tehran that started when the United States withdrew from the controversial, Obama-era nuclear deal.
“Now we have an administration that doesn’t believe in agreements,” Clinton said. “The Iranians have said, ‘If you’re not going to abide by agreements, neither are we, and we’re going to start enriching uranium.’”
She added, “I worry this is some decision on the part of this administration to provoke something.”
Clinton praised the nuclear deal negotiated during the Obama administration.
“To go from going from knowing the Iranians were developing a nuclear weapon to knowing they’re not gave me a huge sense of relief,” she said. “We were able to put a lid on that.”