Monday, August 08, 2005

[politics] Bolton appointment illegal?

Interesting... When is a 'recess appointment' not a 'recess appointment'? Apparently, when the recess doesn't occur between sessions of the Senate - the current "Summer District Work Period" of the 109th Congress is not such a recess, occuring as it does during the 109th Congress. That, at least, is the interpretation of some lawyers; the conclusion: Bolton's appointment is unconstitutional. Of course, by this standard, most (if not all) of Clinton's recess appointments were unconstitutional as well. And as this practice has been supported by the judiciary since 1921, this apparent abuseevolution of power is too good to pass up for the Executive branch and is unlikely to go away any time soon... I'm not sure if this is a good thing or bad, just interesting. (thanks, Siva!)

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