Obama makes recess appointments while no recess
President Obama’s Department of Justice (DOJ) just released a memo attempting to give political cover for “recess” appointments he made while the Senate was still in session. In fact, the political memo was issued two days AFTER the appointments were announced.
It changes nothing. President Obama’s actions are unconstitutional and ignore a century of bipartisan precedent.
The ACLJ has taken action, and nearly 60,000 Americans are standing with us so far.
The DOJ office that drafted the memo — headed by a political appointee who was hand-selected by President Obama — is attempting to use a political smokescreen to hide the fact that he violated the Constitution.
The memo wrongly claims that the President can determine when the Senate is in recess. The Constitution is clear: only Congress, not the President, has the power to determine when it will enter a recess. We cannot allow President Obama to shred the Constitution for political gain.
Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have sent the Justice Department a letter expressing their concern about this tactic, Members of Congress have put forward a resolution condemning this power-grab, and now it is time for the American people to take a stand for the Constitution.
As we continue considering our legal options, we will keep you informed. Thank you for standing with us today.
ACLJ Chief Counsel
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