Legal Expert At Today’s Judiciary Hearing: ‘The Check on Executive lawlessness is Impeachment’ (Video)

Rep Steven King asked the panel of legal experts at today’s Judiciary hearing on “the President’s Constitutional Duty to Faithfully Execute the Laws” what our recourse is when a president abuses his power. Noting that Congress could pass a resolution of disapproval, or shut off funding through the power of the purse – (but the president has already assumed the power of the purse), or go to the courts, (but what if the courts do not grant standing for members of Congress), he said the next recourse is “the word we don’t like to utter in this committee…”

“What finally resolves this?” King asked. He asked the panel, “where does this go? What does America look like in the next 25 years if we have executive upon executive that  builds upon this continual stretching or disregard of constitutional restraints and disrespect for Article I?”

Michael Cannon of the CATO Institute suggested a Constitutional Convention as a method for the people to restrain the president, but King pointed out that an executive with disrespect for the Constitution would ignore an amended Constitution from a Constitutional Convention.

Professor Jonathan Turley, of  George Washington University Law School thoughtfully replied, “I really have great trepidation about where we are headed because we are creating a new system,  here –  something which is not what was designed –  we have this rising fourth branch…the center of gravity is shifting, and that makes it unstable, and within that system we have the rise of an uber-Presidency. There could be no greater danger for individual liberty. I really think the framers would be horrified by this shift because everything they dedicated themselves to was in creating this orbital balance and we’ve lost it.”

Professor Nicholas Rosenkranz of Georgetown University Law Center said, “I think the ultimate check is elections but I don’t think you should be hesitant to use the word in this room, the check on executive lawlessness is impeachment and if you find that the president is willfully and repeatedly violating the constitution –  if on your hypothetical – he were to declare war, I would think that would be a clear case for impeachment.”

Simon Lazarus, of the left-wing Constitutional Accountability Center thought that the remedy for executive lawlessness should be for Congress to act on Obama’s agenda. Trey Gowdy cut him short, saying, “if you could dispense with giving us advice on how our legislative agenda should look like, and answer the question, I’d be grateful to you.”

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Charles Krauthammer: An outbreak of lawlessness:

As of today, the Senate effectively has no rules. Congratulations, Harry Reid. Finally, something you will be remembered for.

Barack Obama may be remembered for something similar. His violation of the proper limits of executive power has become breathtaking. It’s not just making recess appointments when the Senate is in session. It’s not just unilaterally imposing a law Congress had refused to pass — the Dream Act — by brazenly suspending large sectionsof the immigration laws.

We’ve now reached a point where a flailing president, desperate to deflect the opprobrium heaped upon him for the false promise that you could keep your health plan if you wanted to, calls a hasty news conference urging both insurers and the states to reinstate millions of such plans.

Except that he is asking them to break the law. His own law. Under Obamacare, no insurer may issue a policy after 2013 that does not meet the law’s minimum coverage requirements. These plans were canceled because they do not.

The law remains unchanged. The regulations governing that law remain unchanged. Nothing is changed except for a president proposing to unilaterally change his own law from the White House press room.

That’s banana republic stuff, except that there the dictator proclaims from the presidential balcony.
It could be that Congress is gingerly inching toward a remedy to this situation.
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38 Responses to “Legal Expert At Today’s Judiciary Hearing: ‘The Check on Executive lawlessness is Impeachment’ (Video)”

  1. Impeachment - Shooting Sports Forum Says:

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  2. Truth 2013 Says:

    Word to the wise on impeachment—delay until the Truth can’t be denied by anyone right or left. Then the time is ripe for moving forward.

    Please keep in mind we’re fighting against 30 years of P.C. bull-s***.

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  3. Geo Says:

    That pretentious dopey lib, Lazarus thought he’d take the liberty to lecture the Committee on how to do their jobs. By of course passing legislation that supports this {his} Presidents values and ideas on immigration. So I suppose it shouldn’t count that the last major legislation pass was in 1986 called the Simpson – Mazzoli Act, which was signed into Law. I guess it shouldn’t count now that this {his guy} doesn’t like it and should ignore it and Congress should get to doing their job and rubber stamp what his guy wants. Forget the law, as written.

    Of course if this was any politician whose name was followed by a R or r, he and the rest of them would be screaming from the hilltops about a “lawless, out of control” President. The most amazing testimony was from that moonbat Turley, I’m quite sure he’ll be off the Christmas list, this year.

    Welcome to obozo World! Do not try to adjust your set, what you are witnessing is real. It’s the virtual reality world of dopey liberalism.

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  4. nicedeb Says:

    It just so happens….

    Progressive Legal Expert Excuses Obama’s Executive Overreaches, Opposed Bush’s Increases Of Executive Power

    Here’s an interesting tidbit about Simon Lazarus, the one legal expert testifying at the House Judicial hearing this morning who has been heartily defending Obama’s overreaches of Constitutional power.

    He was once part of a working group established by the left wing American Constitutional Society called “the “Separation of Powers and Federalism” to “promote the ability of government at all levels to pursue progressive policies,” and to counter what it described as the Bush administration’s efforts to “increase … executive power at the expense of the other brancheof the federal government.”

    During the hearing, today, that same guy downplayed Republican concerns about Obama’s executive overreaches, suggesting that the fuss they were making about it was “political.”

    http://www.breitbart.com/InstaBlog/2013/12/03/Progressive-Legal-Expert-Excuses-Obama-s-Executive-Overreaches-Opposed-Bush-s-Increases-Of-Executive-Power

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  5. ObamaCare Is About Power and Control – Nothing More | Nice Deb Says:

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  6. Geo Says:

    ND, I hadn’t remembered that little tidbit, but it makes perfect sense. As usual a dopey lib is talking out of both sides of their mouths and absolutely nobody calls them on it. That is what made Turley’s testimony really amazing, forthright and honest . . . . . not a dopey lib common trait.

    I find it astounding that it’s only recently the “lawlessness” of this administration is being realized. It’s a welcomed addition to the dialogue but I’m afraid it will all be in vain. The feckless leadership from both parties will never “impeach” this creep. The dims for obvious reasons, and the repubics because they don’t have the orbs and will never bring impeachment charges against the {actual} first black president.

    A extremely sad state of affairs and we haven’t hit the bottom yet. The repubics are about to plunge the last dagger in the backs of the gop base with immigration, like we all knew they would. After all, there is still plenty of time to really blow this upcoming election.

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  7. nicedeb Says:

    They’ll be stabbing themselves in the back if they pass an amnesty bill. I really don’t understand their thought processes on it, at all.

    As for impeachment – I really am hoping that Tuesday’s hearing was the first step in that direction. It really is the only remedy for a Chief Executive who routinely abuses his power.

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  8. nicedeb Says:

    By the way, here’s Gowdy asking Lazarus, “If Obama can ignore parts of ObamaCare, could he ignore election laws too?”

    At Tuesday’s hearing, Lazarus started out with a sneering, over-confident, condescending attitude toward the Republicans. By the end of the hearing, he was sounding like a blithering, confused old man.

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  9. Geo Says:

    Gowdy is “The Man”, he never, ever disappoints. He sets them up and then takes them out at the knees. He and Jim Jordan seem to be the only people who can ask a cogent question.

    Boehner’s recent hire is all anyone needs to know about where this immigration debacle is going. Timing is everything.
    This Is Why Conservatives Don’t Trust GOP Leadership

    I think it’s one of the major factors in why their poll numbers haven’t soared over this gift they were handed, the GOP base don’t trust them to do the right thing. It comes down to a choice of “Bad or Worse”. I think it’s also the reason more than 3 million of them sat home the last time. They simply cannot keep betraying and demoralizing the base and expect them to turn out for them.

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  10. Geo Says:

    Link missing above:
    This is why the Conservatives Don’t Trust GOP Leadership

    http://ricochet.com/main-feed/This-Is-Why-Conservatives-Don-t-Trust-GOP-Leadership

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  11. nicedeb Says:

    Republicans should be taking the opportunity RIGHT NOW to introducing an alternative free market based health care plan to the nation. Show people what could be before it’s too late…Obamacare is a disaster, but if they don’t act and quickly – we’re going to be stuck with it. I really don’t understand their paralysis.

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