Posted by DrJohn on 3 December, 2014 at 6:41 am. 1 comment.


President Obama’s own words continue to be a major problem for his defenders, including Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, the administration’s top immigration lawyer, who spent much of his Capitol Hill testimony Tuesday parsing or disagreeing with his boss’s flip-flops.

In a testy House hearing, Mr. Johnson disagreed with Mr. Obama’s 2010 prediction that an amnesty would lead to a surge in illegal immigration, and questioned the veracity of one lawmaker who played a clip of Mr. Obama’s words from last week, when the president said he’d taken “action to change the law” on immigration.

“Listen, I’ve been a lawyer 30 years. Somebody plays me an eight-word excerpt from a broader speech, I know to be suspicious,” Mr. Johnson told Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the Utah Republican who played the short clip from Mr. Obama’s speech in Chicago last week.

Mr. Johnson also questioned Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael T. McCaul’s list of more than 20 prior occasions when the president had said he didn’t have unilateral powers — claims that Mr. Obama flouted when he issued his amnesty last month, fact-checkers have concluded.

“I don’t envy your position right now,” Mr. McCaul told Mr. Johnson.

More at the Washington Times

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