‘Defending the indefensible’: Rand Paul on fallout from first congressional hearing on immigration order

The first congressional hearings on President Obama’s sweeping executive action on immigration demonstrated a “pattern” of contempt by the Obama administration for the U.S. Congress – and even for the president’s own past positions, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly on Tuesday.

The “Kelly File” interview focused in particular on Department of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson’s testimony that Obama’s action were “not inconsistent” with the president’s previous statements on more than 20 earlier occasions that he did not have to the power to do what he did.

“I don’t know how you can, with a straight face, defend the indefensible,” Paul said.

“The president even went so far as to say he’s not a king, he’s not an emperor, and now we have a complete about-face.

“There’s a pattern to this type of behavior,” Paul said, citing the numerous administrative rewrites on Obamacare as an example of the White House assuming it can change laws passed by Congress to suit its own political needs.

“He’s changed his mind on a host of issues.”

So what’s the point of congressional hearings, Kelly asked.

“To make the president come forward and admit to the hypocrisy,” Rand said.

Good luck with that.


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