Will the Contemptuous President be Charged with Contempt of Congress?

By: Janet Smiles
Gulag Bound

Daily Caller: House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., right, accompanied by the committee’s ranking Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., presides over the committee’s hearing on the Freedom of Information Act, Thursday, March 31, 2011, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Reported in the Daily Caller:

Obama snubs Issa on subpoena for ATF documents

For the first time since Republicans took control of the House and gained the power of congressional subpoena, the Obama administration has declined to comply with a subpoena issued by top GOP oversight official Rep. Darrell Issa.

In the face of a subpoena by Issa, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) provided no documents by the April 13 deadline, according to an April 20 letter from Issa to ATF’s director, Kenneth Melson.

Issa is threatening contempt proceedings if ATF does not comply.

At issue are documents related to Project Gunrunner and Operation Fast and Furious, in which ATF allowed American guns to be smuggled into Mexico and sold to Mexican drug cartels. The goal of the program was to track the illegal weapons and drug markets after they were used in crimes and abandoned using ballistics information and serial numbers for the guns.

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Let’s refresh a bit on America’s foundational principles of government:

  • There are three branches of government in order to limit each branch.
  • Each branch: Executive, Legislative and Judicial is accountable to the other.
  • Under our Constitution everyone operates under the “Rule of Law” not the rule of man.
  • No one is above the Law.

America will abide neither Robespierre nor Napoleon.

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6 thoughts on “Will the Contemptuous President be Charged with Contempt of Congress?

  1. Trevor/Janet, founding principles unfortunately went out the window with the election of Obama and his Chicago style politicking.
    I am just as disappointed at the Republicans because no one is bringing up the possibility of impeachment. God knows, with two federal judge orders ignored and several instances of ignorance of congressional actions (DISCLOSE Act, DREAM Act, EPA regulations on the Clean Air Act) there is enough reason to start impeachment proceedings in my humble opinion (if the political courage was there!)

    1. I agree with you on the matter of impeachment for Obama, yet the fact is that as long as the Senate is held by the Democrats it will be impossible for articles of impeachment to go forth, for the Senate is the one part of the government dealing with any vote for impeachment of a sitting president of the US.

      The simple fact here though, is Obama needs to be held to the law as anyone else is – no exceptions. Slap the toughest of the sanctions upon him for contempt of Congress. Though he has already on several occasions shown he is more than willing to flaunt the law and declare anything impeding his will to be unconstitutional even if the courts have sustained the matter of a constitutional challenge.

  2. Obama is contemptuous of so many people and ideas; it makes one wonder if the actual contempt is not for his own self. Of course, he is a “victim” of western CIVILIZATION!

  3. People don’t seem to understand; whether he is a natural born citizen is determined the day that he was born…not 23 years later. The Obama/Dunham divorce decree proved his birth date. It doesn’t matter where he was born since on the day of his birth, his father was a British subject. Simply being born on the soil doesn’t qualify as “natural born”. Judges rule on cases using the laws in effect at the date of birth for determination of the case.

    1. The reason that this is important is that if Obama is proven ineligible, every law, appointment, regulation, executive order would be reversed and rendered null & void.
    2. If he were impeached, all laws, executive orders, regulations, etc. passed during the last two + years would remain in effect.

    Obama is not a natural born citizen regardless of where he was born. He has dual citizenship by law…both British and American law.

    Obama…is not a “natural born” citizen because his father was a British subject, as was Obama, “at birth.” Barack Obama Sr. was “a British subject whose citizenship status was governed by The British Nationality Act of 1948. That same act governed the status of Obama Sr.‘s children.”

    U.S. Law –The Nationality Act of 1940, revised June, 1952 in effect between Dec 24, 1952 and Nov 14, 1986, required that his mother in order to convey citizenship had to have resided in the U.S. ten years prior to the applicant’s birth, with five of those years occurring after the parent turned 14. She lacked mere months. He was born August 4, 1961 and her 19th birthday was November 29th.

    He is however a “native-born,” 14th Amendment citizen if he was born in Hawaii…not qualified to be President.

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