Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens accused President Donald Trump of “exercising powers that do not really belong to him,” noting that the president does not have the authority to defy subpoenas from House Democrats.
Asked about the modern political landscape, the 99-year-old told the Wall Street Journal, “I think there are things we should be concerned about, there’s no doubt about that.”
Stevens, who retired from the bench in 2010, said he thinks Trump is exercising powers that are not within a president’s authority.
“The President is exercising powers that do not really belong to him,” Stevens added.
“I mean, he has to comply with subpoenas and things like that,” Stevens, an appointee of former Republican President Ford, told the Journal.
Stevens’s comments came after Trump vowed last month to fight “all the subpoenas” issued by House Democrats as they seek to investigate his campaign, business and administration.
As to how the Supreme Court would handle a case between Trump and the Democrat-led House of Representatives, Stevens told the paper, “I wouldn’t want to predict that anybody’s going to take the incorrect view. But certainly, the correct view is pretty clear.”