Tuesday, January 24, 2012

When Virginia Seitz was being considered by the Senate for being appointed to the Justice Department, she assured the Senate that she would "not stand idly by" if the administration were to take steps that she believed to be unconstitutional.

Grassley: Author of legal opinion on recess appointments may have seen her last Senate confirmation - The Hill

Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said Monday evening that he doubts that the Senate will ever confirm again the Obama administration Justice Department official who wrote an opinion that said recess appointments can be made while the Senate is not technically in recess.

Grassley spoke on the Senate floor in reference to Assistant Attorney General Virginia Seitz, who wrote the opinion that said Obama can make recess appointments when the Senate is not available to offer advice and consent. That opinion led to four recess appointments in early January, when the Senate was holding occasional pro forma sessions....

Grassley acknowledged that Seitz did not stand idly by during this month's controversial recess appointments, but actually did something worse by becoming a "lackey for the administration."

"She wrote a poorly reasoned opinion that placed loyalty to the President over loyalty to the rule of law," he said.