In his rush to secure his liberal legacy, Barack Obama has spent the last few weeks making a slew of ridiculous moves to hamper Donald Trump’s ambitious economic agenda. Could he have one more up his sleeve? According to the Washington Times, it’s possible that Obama would try and sneak in Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland using an obscure maneuver:
President Obama will have one last chance to force Judge Merrick Garland onto the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday — but it’s a legal gamble and one that has so many pitfalls that even those who say he could get away with it believe it isn’t worth the fight.
Mr. Obama’s moment will come just before noon, in the five minutes that the Senate gavels the 114th Congress out of session and the time the 115th Congress begins.
In those few moments the Senate will go into what’s known as an “intersession recess,” creating one golden moment when the president could test his recess-appointment powers by sending Judge Garland to the high court.
A smattering of activists has asked him to give it a try, but Mr. Obama has given no indication that he’s thinking about it. The White House didn’t respond to a request for comment for this story.
The imposition of Garland would have major implications for conservatives on Will he do it? Who knows. But at this point, we’re willing to bet President “Pen and Phone” will do everything in his power to sabotage Donald Trump, and the incoming GOP supermajority. Stay tuned…