Valerie Jarrett, one of the White House’s top behind-the-scenes policy makers, said her commander in chief boss, President Obama, is not circumventing Congress by issuing executive orders on guns.
Rather, he’s only doing what his executive office allows him to do, she said, during a televised interview on CNN’s “New Day” with host Chris Cuomo, held just hours before Obama is due to announce his unilateral curbs to the Second Amendment.
“Let’s be specific,” she said, the Hill reported. “The president is not circumventing Congress. They have made it very clear they are not going to act [and] the president is doing what is well within his executive authority to do.”
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Jarrett’s comments come as legal analysts say Obama’s looming mandate to expand the definition of a gun dealer so that it includes even private parties making one-on-one transfers is a backdoor move toward firearms’ registration – and his press to ban gun ownership for those on federal no-fly lists is largely unconstitutional, as WND reported.
“There is a lot that we can do in the executive branch that we are doing,” Jarrett continued, the Hill reported. “[But] there is lots of room for working with Congress and they are important to the successful implementation of what the president is opposing today.”
Jarrett suggested Obama had little choice but to issue an executive order on guns because the Republican dominated Congress failed to take action, and lives were at stake.
“We are trying to keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them [and] we want to keep our communities safe,” she said. “Obviously, the president made a very strong effort to work with Congress. We just had a hard time getting Republicans to taker what most people think are reasonable steps. The president has determined he is going to do whatever he can to keep guns out of the wrong hands.”