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On Jan. 4, President Barack Obama ostensibly used recess appointments to name Richard Cordray the director of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and to name Sharon Block, Richard Griffin and Terence Flynn to the National Labor Relations Board.
“I believe that they were in session, yes,” Meese said. “In other words, I believe that they were not in recess. And the fact is they were holding sessions on a regular basis every three days.”
“Now, the interesting thing is that the Senate itself has indicated that they were in session by holding the pro-forma session,” said Meese. “During such a session at the end of 2011, during exactly the same kind of a session, they actually passed a bill, the payroll tax holiday. So there is no difference between that session and the session that was held in January, particularly on the fourth of January, during the time in which the president usurped the constitutional requirements and made these appointments.”
Meese pointed out that when George W. Bush was president, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid kept the Senate in session under the same terms as it was in session this Jan. 4, precisely for the purpose of preventing Bush from making recess appointments.