On Friday, President Obama mocked Republican outrage over his use–or abuse–of executive authority. “I didn’t dissolve parliament,” he joked in an address to high school students and illegal aliens in Las Vegas.
On June 4, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) warned that President Barack Obama could face “impeachment” if he continued to release terror detainees from the military prison facility at Guantánamo Bay without Congress’s explicit approval. On Thursday, however–the same day that the president announced his unilateral executive amnesty–Obama released five more terror detainees from Guantánamo, including four Al Qaeda fighters.
At the time, Graham told The Hill: “It’s going to be impossible for them to flow prisoners out of Gitmo now without a huge backlash….There will be people on our side calling for his impeachment if he did that.”
The context was the trade of five senior Taliban leaders for American Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl–a release in violation of the National Defense Authorization Act’s requirement that Congress receive 30 days’ notice.