Can he do this?

CNN reports that Trump threatens to invoke a “never-used” constitutional authority to adjourn Congress so he can appoint nominees without Congressional approval.

President Donald Trump threatened Wednesday to apply a never-used provision of the US Constitution to allow himself to adjourn the US Congress and push through many of his nominees who typically require Senate confirmation. The move came days after he claimed that he has total authority over the states before backing down.

“As the entire US government works to combat the global pandemic, it is absolutely essential that key positions at relevant federal agencies are fully staffed, and we’re not allowing that to take place through our Congress,” Trump told reporters in the Rose Garden during his daily coronavirus briefing. “They’re just not giving it to us. We have many positions that are unstaffed because we can’t get approval.”

Trump said there were 129 nominees “stuck in the Senate because of partisan obstruction.”

Trump’s argument seemed to be that many of these vacancies needed to be filled to assist with the coronavirus response, including the director of national intelligence, two members of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, an assistant secretary of the Treasury Department and an undersecretary of agriculture.

The President argued that since the Senate has left until May 4, he must use his constitutional authority to adjourn it.

“The Constitution provides a mechanism for the President to fill positions in such circumstances. The recess appointment, it’s called. The Senate’s practice of gaveling into so-called pro-forma sessions, where no one is even there, has prevented me from using the constitutional authority we’re given,” he said, calling on the Senate to adjourn itself.

The decision to stay away from Washington until May 4 was made, and announced, by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican and close Trump ally.

The people whose nominations have been held up are unqualified; that is why they have not been confirmed.

Can he do this?

Isn’t this fascistic?

Doesn’t it threaten our democracy?

Who will stop him?

Not Mitch McConnell.