Angry Judge Threatens Sanctions Against DOJ Attorney Over Her Amnesty Claim; ‘Like an idiot I believed that’

Angry Judge Threatens Sanctions Against DOJ Attorney Over Her Amnesty Claim; ‘Like an idiot I believed that’

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen of BrownsvilleFinally, a judge who is standing up to Obama’s arrogant Department of Justice. DOJ attorney Kathleen Hartnett told U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen that three-year reprieves for thousands of illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. when they were children had not gone into effect yet, but were instead awaiting his ruling on their legality, which had been challenged by half the states. When Judge Hanen realized what she said wasn’t true, and the reprieves had actually already gone into effect, he was furious. 

Fox News reports,

Obama’s executive actions would spare from deportation as many as 5 million people who are in the U.S. illegally. Many Republicans oppose the actions, saying only Congress has the right to take such sweeping action. Twenty-six states led by Texas joined together to challenge them as unconstitutional. Hanen on Feb. 16 sided with the states, issuing a preliminary injunction blocking Obama’s actions.

Hanen chided Justice Department attorney Kathleen Hartnett for telling him at a January hearing before the injunction was issued that nothing would be happening with regard to one key part of Obama’s actions, an expansion of the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, until Feb. 18.

“Like an idiot I believed that,” Hanen said.

“Can I trust what the president says? That’s a yes or no question,” Hanen asked.

“Yes your honor,” Hartnett replied.

The states asked that Hanen consider issuing sanctions because Justice Department attorneys had made “representations (that) proved not to be true or at a minimum less than forthcoming,” said Angela Colmenero, a lawyer with the Texas Attorney General’s Office, the lead attorney for the states.

Hanen said he would issue a ruling “promptly” on what action, if any, he will take against the Justice Department.

It is a refreshing surprise that there are honest judges like Hanen left. Sadly, the Obama administration is so corrupt that any judge who dares challenge the behemoth may face retaliation. Expect a bar complaint against Hanen if he rules against the DOJ. Obama will stop at nothing to impose executive amnesty, and take down any brave person who dares step in his way.

Rachel Alexander

Rachel Alexander

Rachel Alexander is the editor of Intellectual Conservative. She is a senior editor at The Stream, and is a regular contributor to Townhall, the Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research, and The Christian Post, and provides weekend news items for Right Wing News. She frequently appears on TV and news radio as a conservative commentator. She is a recovering attorney and former gun magazine editor. She previously served as a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Arizona, corporate attorney for Go Daddy Software, and Special Assistant/Deputy County Attorney for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. As co-president of the UW Political Science Honor Society, she obtained degrees in Political Science and History from the University of Washington, followed by a law degree from Boston College and the University of Arizona. She was ranked by Right Wing News as one of the 50 Best Conservative Columnists from 2011-2016.

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