Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the incoming chairman of the House Oversight Committee, exposed the Obama administration’s hypocrisy when it came to the understanding behind the president’s executive amnesty.
“My question to you Mr. Secretary is: what do you say to someone who believes the president took action to change the law?” the Utah Republican asked Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson during a committee hearing today.
“We did not change the law, we acted within the law,” Johnson asserted.
Chaffetz then played a video clip of Obama telling immigration protesters on November 25 that he had “changed the law.”
“So you say he didn’t change the law but the president says he changed the law,” Chaffetz said. Johnson bristled and repeated his assertion that Obama “acted within existing law.”
“Listen, I’ve been a lawyer 30 years,” he began. “Somebody plays me an eight-word excerpt from a broader speech I know it to be suspicious.”
As members in the audience laughed, Johnson added sarcastically, “OK? That was very nice.”