Jun. 3, 2014

‘Bama Broke the Law

That prisoner exchange wasn’t legal.

Jeffrey Toobin told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that Barack Obama broke the law when he released five Gitmo prisoners in exchange for deserter Bowe Bergdahl. “Oh, I think he clearly broke the law,” Toobin said. “The law says 30 days’ notice. He didn’t give 30 days’ notice. Now it’s true he issued a signing statement, but signing statements are not law — it’s the president’s opinion about what the law should mean. Now, it may be that the law is unconstitutional, a violation of his power as commander in chief, but no court has held that. The law is on the books and he didn’t follow it.” Maybe Barack Obama was taking tips from another president who was a power unto himself, Richard Nixon, when he said, “When the president does it, that means it is not illegal.” More…

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