Trump’s Own Lawyers Threw Him Under The Bus And Didn’t Even Realize It
Hypocrisy is a word that can be used to describe many supporters of Donald Trump, including his own lawyers. A new report revealed that Trump’s own attorneys have said that the president’s abuse of executive power is not only unconstitutional but an impeachable offense as well.
But here’s where the hypocrisy comes in. Trump’s lawyers made these comments when former President Barack Obama signed an executive order known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
New York attorney Lloyd Green wrote a column for The Guardian noting that back in 2016, Trump attorney Jay Sekulow filed a Supreme Court brief challenging Obama’s unilateral decision to expand the DACA program.
“Echoing James Madison, founding father and fourth president, Sekulow thundered that the ‘accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive and judiciary, in the same hands … may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.’” Green wrote. “He also compared Obama and his executive order to Harry Truman’s unconstitutional seizure of America’s steel mills during the Korean war.”
According to Green, Sekulow suggested in the brief that Obama had committed an impeachable offense when he compared him to Truman, who, according to the lawyer, “violated controlling precedent and abdicated [his] constitutional duty to faithfully execute the law.”
Sekulow wasn’t the only Trump associate to go after Obama.
Noel Francisco, who is now Trump’s solicitor general, also pushed back against Obama during the previous administration, successfully arguing presidents “could not thwart the Senate’s power to approve presidential nominations by resorting to the ‘recess appointment’ process when Congress was actually in session,” Green wrote.
“As much as presidents may desire an escape-hatch from Senate confirmation,” Francisco wrote during the Obama administration, “the constitution does not provide one.”
Should Trump be impeached then? If we go by what his own attorney said then he should.
“Trump and his lawyers should expect to see their own words thrown back at them,” Green wrote. “As the president himself acknowledged on Friday: ‘I didn’t need to do this, but I’d rather do it much faster.’”