Appearing on Neil Cavuto’s program on the Fox Business channel, Meese said the appointments of Richard Cordray to serve as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and three pro-union members of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) were historically unprecedented and violated constitutional order. He noted that since the House did not give consent for the Senate to go on recess for more than three days, nor did the Senate go into recess, there was no recess; thus, the president could not legally make a recess appointment.
The interview quickly touched upon impeachment. Cavuto asked Meese if these actions “get to the level of a serious crime or misdemeanor?” Meese replied:
Whether it’s an impeachable offense — or I think more particularly whether Congress would impeach, whether the House would impeach –- I think there may be some reticence on that. That’s an extreme, last resort measure…I think it should play in the next election process.
Meese concluded, “Whether you go to that point or not really depends on what the House decides to do.”
He said all Americans must ponder on’ question: “If the president is willing to violate the Constitution now, when he has an election upcoming, think what he would do if he was in his second term with no election ahead. To what extent he would literally shred the Constitution during that period of time.”