Turley: "We Are Now At A Constitutional Tipping Point In Our System"


George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley testifies before the House Judiciary Committee.

"I testified at the earlier hearing about the separation of powers, its history and its function and also my view that the president has in fact exceeded his authority in a way that is creating a destabilizing influence in a tripartite or three-branch system. Now, I want to emphasize, of course, that this problem didn’t begin with President Obama. I was critical of his predecessor, President Bush, as well, but the rate at which executive power is being concentrated in our system is accelerating. And, frankly, I am very alarmed by the implications of that aggregation of power. What also alarms me, however, is that the two other branches appear not just simply passive, but inert in the face of this concentration of authority. The fact that I happen to think the president is right on many of these policies does not alter the fact that I believe the means he is doing is wrong, and that this can be a dangerous change in our system. And our system is changing in a very fundamental way. And it’s changing without a whimper of regret or opposition."

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