Source: Steve Watson
Libertarian pundit and and former New Jersey Superior Court Judge Andrew Napolitano has called for the impeachment of the President over the Taliban prisoner release, stating that he has aided the release of the worst terrorists in the world.
“The president may well have committed a federal crime,” Napolitano said, appearing on Fox News Tuesday.
“The president should be impeached for this,” Napolitano added. “In my view, it’s a very, very valid argument that people are going to start talking about.”
Napolitano also noted that compared to Bill Clinton’s Impeachment over “nonsense,” what Obama has done is “far, far more serious.”
“By giving material assistance to a terrorist organization. He knows — ought to have known — that that’s what these guys will do.” Napolitano added.
Napolitano has a point, which is likely why the disgraced outgoing White House Press Secretary Jay Carney refused to even acknowledge that the Taliban is a terrorist organisation during a press conference.
When asked by CNN Chief Washington Correspondent Joe Johns if the President considers himself above the law, Carney quickly fell back on Obama’s “signing statement”, issued when the law in question was first passed. ”To be clear, the 30-day notice requirement has appeared in NDAA bills and in other legislation in this and prior years, and we have repeatedly noted concerns with this requirement, Carney said.
“In signing statements he has — he, the president, has consistently made clear that the executive branch must have the flexibility to act swiftly in conducting negotiations with foreign countries regarding the circumstances of detainee transfers, if necessary. And that was certainly the case here.”
Napolitano noted in a separate appearance Monday “As if a signing statement, a piece of paper he signs at the time he signs the law into existence changes the law. It doesn’t under our system.”
“This is by far the lesser of the two laws that he violated. He and his team violated the federal statute which makes criminal providing material assistance to a terrorist organization. This includes money, this includes ceramic mugs, this includes maps, this includes professional services, and this includes releasing human assets back to a terrorist organization.” the former judge urged.
“President Obama’s Justice Department has successfully prosecuted people for providing material assistance to terrorist organizations and now he himself has done so by letting these five guys loose.” Napolitano added.
“He violated the law by allowing assets to go back to a terrorist organization. You can’t erect a telephone pole, you can’t repair a laptop, you can’t repair a tooth if you’re a dentist for these organizations without violating federal statute.”
Former federal prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy is in agreement with Napolitano, stating today that “The return of senior terrorists to the Taliban [is] … a high crime and misdemeanor”.