Republican South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy said on Fox’s “America’s Newsroom” that President Barack Obama was right as a political candidate to deny that he could enact executive amnesty, but denied it later for “political expediency.” (VIDEO: Trey Gowdy Makes The Ultimate Argument Against Impeaching Obama)
GOWDY: You have a Con Law professor who admits he lacks the power to do something, but because of political expediency, and the elections are over, and he’s never going to be on the ballot again, he goes ahead and does it anyway. That is very dangerous. Lay politics aside; it’s dangerous to any country that is grounded in respect for the law.
HOST BILL HEMMER: But based on the law, it appears he went a certain length on his executive order, and refrained from doing other things to keep it within the bounds of the law. That’s what the White House would argue. Is the White House right or not?
GOWDY: No sir, they are not right. Senator Obama was right and candidate Obama was right, but President Obama is wrong. There’s a difference between exercising prosecutorial discretion on a case-by-case basis, all prosecutors do that. But to announce ahead of time we are no longer going to prosecute certain categories of crime, with respect to immigration, that’s not criminal. That’s a civil matter.