A “pissed” federal judge thoroughly upbraided a Justice Department attorney at a hearing on Obama’s executive amnesty actions, Thursday, for misleading him about halting deportation reprieves. Judge Andrew Hanen said that he fell for their subterfuge “like an idiot.”
Fox News reported:
The testy court hearing was held Thursday in Texas by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen. The judge suggested he could order sanctions against the administration if he finds they indeed misrepresented the facts.
At issue is whether the DOJ misled the judge into believing that a plank of the Obama program — giving deportation reprieves to thousands of young illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children — would not go forward before he made a ruling on a request to halt it. In fact, federal officials had given more than 108,000 people three-year reprieves before that date and granted them work permits under the program.
Hanen chided Justice Department attorney Kathleen Hartnett for telling him at a January hearing before the injunction was issued that nothing would be happening with regard to one key part of Obama’s actions, an expansion of the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, until Feb. 18.
“Like an idiot I believed that,” Hanen said.
Via Ace of Spades HQ, Quotes From the Hearing courtesy of @gabrielmalor
So if sanctions are of a monetary nature, the taxpayers get to foot the bill. We get to pay the penalty the government had imposed on it for causing damage to we the American people.
What else is on the table? Contempt of court, stripping the DOJ lawyers who deceived him of their law licenses? Perjury charges? Something needs to be done, but the American people should not have to pay for Obama’s criminality.
Hanen told the court that he would issue a ruling “promptly” on what action, if any, he will take against the Justice Department.