CNN Asks Carney: Does Obama Think He’s ‘Above the Law?’
CNN’s Joe Johns to Carney: Does Obama Feel He’s Above The Law? (The Washington Free Beacon)
Monday in the White House press conference CNN reporter Joe Johns asked White House spokesperson Jay Carney whether President Obama feels he’s “above the law.” The White House is facing criticism from Capitol Hill and legal circles that their efforts to secure the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl were a blatant violation of the National Defense Authorization Act.
The NDAA requires the administration provide Congress notification “not later than thirty days before the transfer or release” of any prisoners from Guantanamo Bay. The Obama administration admittedly flouted that part of the statute.
Carney categorically denied that President Obama had broken the law however, arguing the signing statements accompanying the NDAA gave the president the legal authority ”to act swiftly in conducting negotiations with foreign countries regarding the circumstances of detainee transfers, if necessary.”