by Phil Hall
Since returning to Washington in January as the junior senator fromMassachusetts, Elizabeth Warren has resumed her campaign of makinghigh-profile comments that resonate with provocative verbiage.
Whether dismissingthe sequestration cuts as “just plain dumb” or using a Senate hearing to make FedChairman Ben Bernanke squirm or demanding that the credit union mobilize to legitimizeRichard Cordray’s role as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB),Warren is raising her visibility with her trademark tough-talk and in-your-face personality.
Because Warren is a politician who does not seem to be at a loss for opinions and observations, I wouldlike to take this opportunity to pose 10 questions on subjects near and dear to the good senator’s heart. Ifshe can take a few minutes from her Capitol Hill media blitz, perhaps she can offer insight on thefollowing queries.
1. In January, a U.S. District Court ruling stated that President Obama violated the constitution with aseries of recess appointments that were made while Congress was in so-called pro forma sessions. Oneof these appointments involved putting Richard Cordray into the director’s chair at the CFPB. As a formerHarvard law professor, can you please offer legal justification on why Cordray should remain in officewhen a court ruled that this type of recess appointment was unconstitutional?
2. To date, the U.S. Department of Justice under the direction of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder hasfailed to successfully prosecute any of the Wall Street executives who were at the center of the 2008economic crash. How would you define the competency of Holder and his department in this matter?
3. Since taking office in 2009, the Obama administration has never produced any plan to resolve theconservatorship of the government-sponsored enterprises. Why have you yet to offer any public criticismabout this absence of presidential leadership regarding this issue?continue reading »