Bottom line: there is no (zero, zip, zilch) constitutional authority for
Obama to have done what he did in this instance. Yes, it was a shakedown,
he had his Attorney General in the meeting essentially browbeating the CEO
of BP into submission (BP CEO deserved it, he poured huge amounts of money
into getting PBHO elected, so there is some karmic justice there). A sane
legislative branch would be howling over this. PBHO acted as all three
branches of government in this instance, providing the BP CEO with no legal
recourse. Obama declared guilt, Obama assessed a fine, Obama directed how
that fine would be paid, and who would oversee the disbursement of the fine
(one of his non-congressionally approved czars). This is not even close to
constitutional. Barton may have been somewhat clumsy in how he brought out
the facts, but the fundamental issue of this event is not the fact that
someone apologized for government overreach to a corporate executive, but
that the president of the US is being given a pass for exercising power not
vested in the office.
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