Last Friday’s standing-room only hearing before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission was among the most dramatic I’ve witnessed. There was outrage – outrage not just from me as I declared the State Department “AWOL” in our quest to free an American Pastor, Saeed Abedini — a U.S. citizen — captured by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard […]
I wanted to let you know that we are continuing our evaluation of President Obama’s troubling appointments last week – appointments that we believe violated the Constitution. As you know, I presented a sound legal argument posted here underscoring the fact that the President not only acted arrogantly in bypassing Congress with these appointments, he did so in a manner that clearly ignored the separation of powers – one of the key constitutional components put in place by our Founders.
As I told the Washington Post, we’re examing all avenues – legal and otherwise – to see what can be done to challenge these very problematic appointments.
Now, new pressure from top Republicans in Congress. Questions have now been raised from Sen. Charles Grassley, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and House Financial Services Chairman Spencer Bachus. They want to know if Attorney General Holder had been consulted by the White House about these appointments.
“The Justice Department and the White House owe it to the American people to provide a clear understanding of the process that transpired and the rationale it used to circumvent the checks and balances promised by the Constitution,” Grassley said. “Overturning 90 years of historical precedent is a major shift in policy that should not be done in a legal opinion made behind closed doors hidden from public scrutiny.”
The fact is these appointments are still very much an issue – still a question that needs to be addressed.
I am pleased to report that thousands have added their names to our Petition to Retract Obama’s Unconstitutional Appointments. More than 25,000 Americans already have signed on. Please take a moment and add your name now.
The stakes are significant. We can’t permit President Obama to ignore hundreds of years of precedent by this brazen rejection of the rule of law. Stand with the ACLJ and stand-up for the Constitution.