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  •  Sorry. I always think more after I (1+ / 0-)
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    post.  (Should think before I post!)  

    Anyway, after you educate someone about the changes to the law, you then suggest that what has been reported may have had a political motivation, and it may not be accurate that our President broke the law.

    •  Jonathan Turley sez he broke the letter of the law (1+ / 0-)
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      but the law itself may be unconstitutional.

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      The president did indeed break the letter of the law, said Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University.

      But there are questions about the law itself, he added.

      "There's two different questions here. One is, did he violate the federal law? The answer to that is most obviously yes," Turley said. "The second question is whether that law is constitutional. And the answer to that is more difficult.

      •  Don't most laws have exceptions? (0+ / 0-)

        If not specifically written into the law, then wouldn't a judge, generally speaking, take exceptional circumstances into consideration?

        For example.  There's laws that prevent killing another human being.  But, we allow it when life and property are in immediate danger.  Or, there's laws that say don't steal.  But, if a kid steals a loaf of bread for his brother dying of starvation, then does he go to juvvie without any compassion?

        My examples aren't near the same situation as Obama's and may not be good comparisons.  But, my point being that if Obama's response that Bergdahl's life was in danger if the swap was publicized is true, then I'd think those screaming impeachment are lacking some essential compassion and necessary objectivity.

        Yes, I agree with Turley.  The answer to 'did Obama break the law' is more difficult.  Thanks for your ideas.

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