Law Prof. Turley: Obama Risks Constitutional Crisis With Executive Action

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Monday, 30 Jun 2014 11:05 PM

By Greg Richter

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President Barack Obama is acting like "a bad gambler at Vegas" by doubling down on executive actions less than a week after a stinging Supreme Court defeat, says George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley.

A defiant Obama promised to take even more executive actions on Monday because Congress has told him it will not pass any immigration reform laws this year.

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"If House Republicans are really concerned about me taking too many executive actions, the best solution to that is passing bills. Pass a bill. Solve a problem," Obama said in a Rose Garden press conference.

Turley, appearing on Fox News Channel's "Special Report, " called that "a pretty surprising statement" considering that "the ink is barely dry" on Thursday's 9-0 decision saying Obama was wrong to have made recess appointments when the Senate had declared itself to be in session.

"For him now to double down makes him look like a bad gambler at Vegas," said Turley, who agrees with many of Obama's policies, but has warned of a constitutional crisis if Obama continues implementing those policies by bypassing Congress.

"At some point this is going to cause serious problems for his administration. He's going to start to lose Democrats," Turley said. "The president of the United States can't say the solution to gridlock is you simply have to resolve it on my terms."

There's a reason the issues aren't being resolved, Turley said: "Congress is divided because the public is divided in these areas."

Turley said the past 10 days have been "abysmal" for the administration.

"He was found to be in violation of the Fourth Amendment on privacy, then another case found him in violation of separation of powers. Now he's been found in violation of religious rights in the First Amendment" in the Hobby Lobby case, Turley said.

"It doesn't get much worse than this for a president."

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