Meese: Obama Could Be Impeached If He Uses Executive Order For Gun Control
In an interview with Newsmax, former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese III, who served under President Reagan, says President Obama could be impeached by Congress if he enacted gun control through executive order.
MEESE: It should be remembered that the president cannot by executive order do things that affects the public at large unless there is some Congressional basis for it. In other words, some Congressional authority he has been given.
An executive order without specific Congressional authority can only apply to those portions of the government that are under his control. In their words, the executive branch. Now there are some things he can probably do in regard to the actions of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, or some other governmental agency in its operations. But to impose burdens or regulations that affect society generally, he would have to have Congressional authorization.
NEWSMAX: So, if the president unilaterally overrides the Second Amendment via an executive order, would this be Constitutional? Would it be legal? And how should Congress respond?
MEESE: Well it would not be legal, it would not be Constitutional and, indeed, if he tried to override the Second Amendment in any way, I believe it would be an impeachable offense.
MEESE: Then, it would be up to the Congress to take action, such as looking in to it to see if, in fact, he has really tried to override the Constitution itself. In which case, it would be up to them to determine what action they should take — and perhaps even to the point of impeachment.