Dem rep: Trump ‘doesn’t understand’ government won’t serve him like ‘medieval king’

Rep. Jim HimesJames (Jim) Andres HimesSondland testimony looms over impeachment hearings this week Lawmakers spar over upcoming Sondland testimony Sunday shows — Spotlight shifts to Sondland ahead of impeachment inquiry testimony MORE (D-Conn.) said early Wednesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpMost Americans break with Trump on Ukraine, but just 45 percent think he should be removed: poll Judge orders Democrats to give notice if they request Trump's NY tax returns Trump's doctor issues letter addressing 'speculation' about visit to Walter Reed MORE doesn't understand that the government and other entities are not in place to "serve him like some kind of medieval king."

“This is a president who doesn’t understand that the government, that foreign countries, that everybody doesn’t exist to serve him like some kind of medieval king," Himes said on CNN's "New Day."

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“It’s a deeply concerning thing … this is what we used to criticize other countries for doing,” he said.

CNN host Alisyn Camerota then asked Himes about the appointment of Matthew Whitaker and what could stop the acting attorney general from potentially siding with the president on issues like special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSpeier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' Comey: Mueller 'didn't succeed in his mission because there was inadequate transparency' MORE's Russia probe.

“You’ve got three protections, at least, against an acting attorney general," he said. "Congress, the Democrats now have the majority in the House … people at the Department of Justice who will stand up for what is right … and of course you’ve got the media, which will be watching this very closely.”

Whitaker's appointment has come under fire because of his past criticisms of the Russia probe into Russia's election meddling and potential collusion between Trump's 2016 campaign and Moscow, which Whitaker once suggested had gone "too far."

He also previously called for the investigation to be defunded. Trump has called the probe a "witch hunt" and has said it should end.

"When you read this guy's history and you look at the five amendments in a period of one week to his financial history, this is not the A-team at the top of the Department of Justice," Himes said, adding that Whitaker is there "to protect the president." 

Questions about Whitaker's financial past have come into the spotlight after reports emerged Tuesday that he received $1.2 million from a conservative nonprofit at which he was reported as the only employee.