There topic of discussion for this Constitution Monday is the power of the President of the United States. The President is the top guy in the executive branch of the federal government. He has the power to fire any of the appointees at any time.
The media has been tied in knots for several weeks. They called for a special Senate investigation, and the results were a “nothing burger” as Senator Ted Cruz called it in the beginning. Former FBI Director James Comey did not to help his cause and may have put himself in deep trouble.
The Blaze published an article about an interview done recently by MSNBC anchor Yasmin Vossoughian with Elizabeth Price Foley, a law professor at Florida International University. The interview concerned the charge that President Donald Trump committed obstruction of justice when he fired Comey last month. Democrats charge that Trump fired Comey because of the FBI investigation into possible collusion between the Russians and the Trump campaign. No evidence of collusion has been found, but that fact does not stop liberals.
Foley explained the situation as follows.
The FBI director works for the attorney general and the attorney general works for the president of the United States. All of these individuals have their jobs by the pleasure of the president’s appointment with the advice and consent of the Senate…. They can be fired by him at any time and for any reason….
To the extent that people want [to] try to make this obstruction of justice, there’s a million different layers why this is not technically obstruction of justice, either as a statutory matter or constitutional matter….
You don’t put discretionary limits on plenary constitutional authority and if you do what you do is you invite Article III non-elected politically non-accountable judges to second guess the president’s authority. You never want to have a constitutional regime that sets up that way.
Foley explained that people have two options if they do not like the fact that Trump fired Comey. They can impeach him and remove him from office or they can elect another President in 2020. This writer believes that liberals should back off and let the President do his job, especially if they will not or cannot take either of the above stated actions.