Cruz: Democrats Protect Obama's 'Lawlessness'

Monday, 13 Jan 2014 08:22 AM

By Melissa Clyne

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Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is outraged at Democrats for following President Barack Obama's "lawlessness" in order to protect the commander in chief from being held accountable for his actions.

Cruz, the crusading tea party Texan, who spent 21 hours on the Senate floor attempting to block Obamacare, harshly criticized his Democratic colleagues for failing to speak up and protect the Constitution as Obama usurps his authority, particularly when it comes to the appointing of federal judges in the Washington D.C. Circuit, during a Fox News interview.

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That circuit court — viewed as a stepping stone to the U.S. Supreme Court — is particularly powerful because it rules on decisions made by federal administrative agencies.

Fox News host Shannon Bream asked Cruz whether it was the president's right to stack the courts with judges he views as having the same ideological mindset as his own and whether the GOP might feel differently if it was a Republican president making
Republican appointments.

Cruz insisted he would be equally aggrieved and incensed, regardless of what party occupied the White House.

"There have been Republican presidents, unfortunately, who've overreached, who've exceeded their executive authority," he said. "And when they've done that, there have been Republicans who stand up and call the Republican president to account, saying the Constitution matters and no president, no man is above the law.

"The framers of our Constitution understood that by dividing power in government, if you can have the branches resisting each other, it protects the liberty of the people.

"The most dangerous thing for the liberty of the people is for power to be concentrated in one place, where it can directed against the people."

The D.C. court will likely oversee cases on environmental and financial regulation in the years ahead, according to The Washington Post, which reports that the Environmental Protection Agency is in the process of issuing rules to regulate carbon emissions from new and existing coal and gas-fired power plants, a key issue in the administration's climate-change agenda. Any challenges would be heard by the D.C. court.

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