Wallace Grills Top WH Aide: 'Whatever Happened to the Constitution?'
On Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace questioned White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough on President Obama bypassing Congress with executive orders to enact his agenda, as he did last week with new gun control measures.
Wallace listed several Obama executive orders from the past 14 months:
"November 2014, carbon emissions deal with China. Same month, temporary amnesty for 5 million illegal immigrants. December 2014, normalized relations with Cuba. July 2015, Iran nuclear deal. December 2015, Paris climate deal. This week, tighten gun controls.
Mr. McDonough, whatever happened to Article I of the Constitution, which says, 'All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States?'"
McDonough didn't answer the question directly, causing Wallace to press him again, saying Obama "didn't do what the Constitution says, which is observe Article I."
McDonough said that during budget negotiations, Congress "had an opportunity...if they wanted to exercise under their Article I powers...and they decided they didn’t."
Wallace countered: "The Constitution doesn't say 'All legislative powers are vested in the Congress unless they don't act, in which case the president can do whatever he wants.'"
McDonough argued that the gun control executive action was just about better enforcing laws already on the books.
"I think this is not a constitutional question," McDonough said. "This is a question of protecting the American people, 30,000 of whom last year died from gun violence. That's too many."
Watch the full interview above.