Judge who ruled against Obama’s recess appointments has ties to republican party dating back to Oliver North

The U.S. Court of Appeal has ruled that the President does not have constitutional authority to make federal job appointments while congress is in recess. The practice has been used by every modern President to bypass congressional approval when filling administration positions that members of the opposite party in congress might object to. However, the Presidency Barack Obama represents the first time the issue has been brought before federal court. The ruling will apply to Obama as well as all future Presidents, unless overturned by the Supreme Court. But while the ruling might initially appear to simply be the wheels of justice turning, the timing of the case – targeted specifically at Obama – raises issues of party politics. some research into the history of Judge David B Sentelle, who issued the ruling, reveals that he’s been deeply involved with republican party politics his entire career, including some of the party’s most dubious chapters of the past generation…

That Judge Sentelle was appointed by republican president Ronald Reagan is not a red flag in its own right. However, Sentelle was promoted to the United States Appeals Court shortly after, as a circuit court judge, he voted to overturn the convictions of Oliver North and John Poindexter – two key Reagan aides who had been found guilty in the Iran Contra scandal. This seeming tit for tat between Sentelle continued as he appointed Kenneth Starr to the role which Starr would go on to use in his overtly aggressive impeachment case against democrat Bill Clinton…

Sentelle then went on to side with republican George W. Bush on the issue of indefinite detention without the right to trial, in a controversial ruling which saw even a fellow judge on his own panel dissenting against him. The circumstances under which Sentelle was appointed to the Appeals Court, his ties to North and Poindexter, to Starr, and his defense of Bush’s most blatantly unconstitutional actions ultimately paints his ruling today in a different light – particularly when considering that Santelle ruled against Obama for a standard practice that he never questioned when the same practice was used by Reagan and Bush. In fact, among all presidents, Reagan holds the record for most recess appointments, making more than two hundred such appointments. The ruling against Obama’s recess appointments is likely to go before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Will Stabley
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