Fact Check—CNN’s Blitzer: Sheriffs Can’t Defy Executive Orders (wrong!)

Discussing gun control, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Friday told a Utah sheriff that if Barack Obama issues an executive order, that order is the law and the sheriff must obey. However, jurisprudence on this topic reveals exactly the opposite.

As the head of the executive branch of the federal government, a president can issue executive orders only to employees of the federal government—and only regarding implementing federal laws or programs. A governor can likewise issue executive orders to employees of his state government regarding the laws or programs of that state.

Every sheriff is a county officer, elected by the voters of that county. The Supreme Court held in Printz v. U.S. in 1997 that the Tenth Amendment forbids the federal government from ever ordering any state or local official to carry out a federal program. Ironically, that case also involved a sheriff—Jay Printz of Montana—and a federal gun control law.


See origional here: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2013/02/01/CNNs-Blitzer-Sheriffs-Cant-Defy-Executive-Orders

3 Comments on Fact Check—CNN’s Blitzer: Sheriffs Can’t Defy Executive Orders (wrong!)

  1. Adolf Obama is the racist & bribery-elected PRESIDENT, not dictator, and “executive orders” are not authorized by the Constitution.

    Local Sheriffs are the FINAL LAW in a county and if I was sheriff I would arrest ANY FEDERAL Obama Gestapo that showed up in my county.

  2. Mr. Wolf Blitzer is one of most ignorant talking heads; I’ve seen “Jeopardy” game, hosted by Alex Trebec and played by sundry celebrities on behalf of their favorite charities. Mr, Blitzer evidenced his glaring and utter lack of knowledge and complete ignorance about most issues generally known to be a part of well-rounded curriculum of anybody considering him or herself an educated person. His performance was embarrassing enough to be noticed, albeit meekly, by the Blitzer-friendly media.

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