Thursday, January 6, 2005

U.S. Attorney General Nominee Alberto Gonzales' Senate Confirmation Hearings: "When the executive branch believes, as it often does, that a law or a portion of a law that Congress passed is unconstitutional, what does it do?

"What Mr. Gonzales was asked quite pointedly today was, 'Does the president have the power to authorize people to violate a law that Congress has passed?'

"And he refused to reject that theory of presidential power. He refused. And that's extremely troubling."

It is also interesting to note that the president did not veto a single bill in either the 107th or 108th Congresses. Throughout the history of presidential vetoes the only other two-term president not to veto a single bill was Thomas Jefferson—and it's unlikely President Jefferson was signing legislation and then issuing statements declaring Acts of Congress unconstitutional and reconstruing them.

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