Will’s Take: Congress ‘Has Been a Weak Rival’ to Executive Branch

by Andrew Johnson

Allegations that the CIA illegally monitored Senate computers are the result of the upper chamber’s increasingly surrendering its authority, George Will says. Picking up on Andrew Napolitano’s point on Thursday’s Special Report, Will argued “the Congress is at fault here for letting its power be leeched away” over the past several administrations.

Citing James Madison and the Federalist papers, Will said the branches of the government were intended to challenge each other’s authority to ensure a separation of powers.

“No matter what the motives are, each institution is supposed to defend itself, they’re supposed to be rivals,” he said. “The Congress has been a weak rival of the executive and it’s time to stand up on its hind legs.”

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