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Congressman Trey Gowdy: Obama’s disregard of law ‘has reached an unprecedented level’

December 15, 2013

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South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy said Sunday that the Obama administration’s deliberate flouting of congressional law “has reached an  unprecedented level,” claiming the time is now ripe for Congress to take the  White House to court over executive overreach.

Gowdy spoke with Fox News’ Shannon Bream about a House resolution authorizing  a congressional lawsuit against the executive branch. Although individual  lawmakers do not have standing to challenge the president, the provision would  allow the institution of Congress itself to sue the Obama administration for  ignoring laws passed by the legislative body.

“The case law that says members don’t have standing also allows for the  institution itself — under a theory of vote nullification, that if the executive  is just nullifying the votes of a co-equal branch of government — that we may  have standing,” Gowdy said. “So an individual member — the case you referenced  was Dennis Kucinich challenging the actions in Libya — he does not have  standing. But the institution of Congress as a whole, if it relates to recess  appointments or the Affordable Care Act or  immigration, courts have signaled that they may say the institution itself has  standing, and that’s what [South Carolina Republican Rep. Tom Rice] is trying to  do with his resolution.”

The South Carolina congressman rattled off a litany of executive abuses under  President Barack  Obama, including  a blatant disregard of immigration enforcement laws and numerous, unilaterl  Obamacare rule changes and delays. Gowdy says Congress is running out of options  to protect their constitutional turf.

“I don’t like running to the court,” he told Bream. “I’d rather use any  other remedy other than going to the court. But our other remedies have not  worked, and the judicial branch is there for a reason. In certain circumstances  Congress ought to be able to assert its standing, and I just think the  pervasiveness of his ignoring of Congress has reached a point, we don’t have a  choice.”

“If you can turn off certain categories of law,” he concluded, “do you not  also have the power to turn off  all categories of law? And frankly, Jonathan Turley — who is no Republican I  might add, and if you watched the hearing you know he’s not a Republican — he  agrees with us. It has reached an unprecedented level. And we gotta do something  about it.”

CREDIT TO: Brendan Bordelon / The Daily Caller


Trey Gowdy may pretend to have good intentions however, he clearly does not understand the US Constitution and how it protects our nation and her people. I will follow up within a day or two and explain what I mean in length.

Divine Freedom

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