On Wednesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Hardball,” George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley made the case to fill-in host Steve Kornacki that President Barack Obama has exceeded his constitutional authority.
“I think there is a case against the president for exceeding his authority,” Turley said. “I happen to agree with the president on many of his priorities and policies, but as I testified in Congress, I think that he has crossed the constitutional line.”
Kornacki asked Turley to provide specifics, to which the left-leaning Turley explained that some of Obama’s specific policy actions amount rewriting laws.
When the president went to Congress and said he would go it alone, it obviously raises a concern. There’s no license for going it alone in our system, and what he’s done, is very problematic. He has shifted $454 million of the ACA from appropriated purpose to another purpose. He’s told agencies not to enforce some laws, like immigration laws. He has effectively rewritten laws through the active interpretation that I find very problematic. While I happen to agree with him, I voted for him, I think this is a problem.
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