Krauthammer: 'A Republican Would Be Impeached for Abusing Constitution Like Obama Is'
On Thursday, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that President Obama exceeded his authority with recess appointments to the National Relations Labor Board. This comes a day after Speaker of the House John Boehner said he plans to go forward with a lawsuit against President Obama over his use of executive action.
Tonight on ‘On the Record,’ Charles Krauthammer said the fact that the court’s opinion was written by a liberal shows “contempt” for the president’s actions.
“He obviously trampled on the constitutional powers,” Krauthammer said.
Justice Stephen Breyer said in his majority opinion that a congressional break must last at least more than 10 days to be considered a recess under the Constitution.
Krauthammer told Greta Van Susteren, “This is a major statement to the president. […] The reason it’s important is precisely because of what you said. Boehner is challenging the president on all the instances in which the president has gone way over the line.”
He called out the Obama administration’s “tremendous level of arrogance,” adding, “I think this may be a signal that the Boehner lawsuit […] might succeed and Obama might lose.”
Krauthammer surmised that President Obama knows he’s stepping outside the bounds of his executive powers.
“No one could read this decision and not know there was a major abuse of power. I don’t think he cares. […] He truly believes that if the Congress won’t cooperate with him, it’s being kind of un-American and he is the one who is acting in the national interest.”
If President Obama gets away with ignoring and re-writing laws, Krauthammer warned that it would be a “terrible defeat” for the country.
“If this were a Republican president, he’d be impeached now over all of these abuses.”