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CNN Legal Analyst Says Obama Broke the Law

Posted by Steve Markowitz on June 3, 2014

It is remarkable the number of scandals and crisis that have rocked the Obama Administration in recent years.  The trend is accelerating.  It seems on a nearly weekly basis a new crisis becomes public.

Late last month the Veteran Administration Hospitals scandal broke.  Evidently hospitals were falsifying records so that management would receive bonuses for false performance.  It is reported that veterans died waiting for medical treatment during this period.

This week the story broke of a questionable deal President Obama authorized releasing five very bad terrorists from the Guantánamo Bay prison in exchange for the release by the Taliban of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.  The furor over this deal is multifaceted.  First, there is the question as to whether potential future danger to Americans from the released terrorists makes the trade inappropriate.  In addition, questions are being raised as to whether this deal will motivate terrorists to kidnap other Americans for use as trade bait.

Finally, there is strong evidence that Sgt. Bergdahl deserted his base that led to his capture by the Taliban.  While this issue should not preclude the US from attempting to obtain the POWs release, it raises questions as to why the President is his Rose Garden appearance with Bergdahl’s parents was made.  In addition, why did Susan Rice once again go on a Sunday talk show and claim that Bergdahl served his country honorably when there is strong evidence to the contrary?

Concerns about the Bergdahl matter are not only being expressed by Republicans, but by Democrats also.  Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Democrat from California and Senate Intelligence Committee Chairperson, called the President’s actions “very disappointing”.

Even the mainstream media has expressed concerns on the president’s handling of this prisoner swap.  CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said of Obama’s unwillingness to give the Congress the required 30 day notice before transferring Guantánamo Bay prisoners that it: “I think he clearly broke the law.  The law says 30-days’ notice.  He didn’t give 30-days’ notice,” and. “it is true he issued a signing statement, but signing statements are not law.  Signing statements are the president’s opinion on what the law should be.

Toobin correctly concludes: “The law is on the books, and he didn’t follow it,” and that it “matters whether people follow the law or not.”  This President has, however, acted more like an Emperor than a servant of the people.  Unfortunately, the mainstream media’s silence over the last six years has emboldened Obama to take powers not granted him by the Constitution.  It is likely he will continue on this path as long as he remains in office.

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