February 1, 2012
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) accused President Obama of “trampling” on the U.S. Constitution when he made several contentious recess appointments earlier this month.
The president ignited a partisan controversy when he named Richard Cordray to be director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, as well as three members of the National Labor Relations Board, circumventing GOP opposition in the Senate and ignoring pro forma sessions to do so.
Lee said the move amounted to “thumbing his nose at the U.S. Constitution. That is what happened here.”