Judicial Watch Announces Hillary Clinton Constitutionally Ineligible to Serve as Secretary of State

Washington, DC -- December 2, 2008

Ineligibility Clause of Constitution Prohibits Clinton Appointment

Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is constitutionally ineligible to serve as Secretary of State in the Obama administration.

According to the Ineligibility Clause of the United States Constitution, no member of Congress can be appointed to an office that has benefited from a salary increase during the time that Senator or Representative served in Congress. A January 2008 Executive Order signed by President Bush during Hillary Clinton's current Senate term increased the salary for Secretary of State, thereby rendering Senator Clinton ineligible for the position.

Specifically, Article I, section 6 of the U.S. Constitution provides "No Senator or Representative shall, during the Time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil Office under the Authority of the United States, which shall have been created, or the Emoluments whereof shall have been encreased during such time." The provision is seen by most as designed by our Founding Fathers to protect against corruption.

Former President Richard Nixon circumvented this constitutional provision after appointing former Ohio Senator William Saxbe to the position of Attorney General. The Nixon administration managed to force legislation through Congress to reduce the salary for the position of Attorney General to the level that existed prior to Senator Saxbe's appointment. This scheme, known thereafter as "The Saxbe Fix," was also used to allow Senator Lloyd Bentsen to assume the position of Treasury Secretary under President Clinton.

"The Saxbe Fix" may reduce the salary of Secretary of State to previous levels, but it does not affect what is a clear constitutional prohibition. It cannot change the fact that the salary had been increased while Senator Clinton served in Congress. (President Ronald Reagan reportedly did not appoint Senator Orrin Hatch to the Supreme Court because of this provision.) Simply put, the Constitution does not provide for a legislative remedy for the Ineligibility Clause.

"There's no getting around the Constitution's Ineligibility Clause, so Hillary Clinton is prohibited from serving in the Cabinet until at least 2013, when her current term expires," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. "Barack Obama should select someone who is eligible for the position of Secretary of State and save the country from a constitutional battle over Hillary Clinton's confirmation. No public official who has taken the oath to support and defend the Constitution should support this appointment. And aside from the constitutional issue, Hillary Clinton's long track record of corruption makes her a terrible choice to serve as the nation's top diplomat." http://www.judicialwatch.org/news/2008/dec/judicial-watch-announces-hillary-clinton-constitutionally-ineligible-serve-secretary-s

Ed. note: Hitlery will ignore the Constitution and so will Emperor Obama. If enough pressure is placed on them they may reduce the salary of Sec. of State as Tricky Dick and Siko willie rottenfeller did. It is still illegal and un-Constitutional, but they don't care because the Constitution was nullified in 1861 by Emperor Lincoln. It was NEVER reinstated. Since that time the provisional government has been run by the rottenfeller/rottenshield crime families under no law or rule of any kind. The present provisional government is a renegade government with NO authority just as most governments in the world are.

Baby bushka did not win the 2000 and 2004 elections. The official President of the United States Corp. is Al Gore. President Gore will leave office on January 20, 2009. His office will be filled by President-Elect Obama who won the 2008 election. I must also note that siko willie rottenfeller did NOT win the 1992 election. It was actually won by Ross Perot.

I should note that the United States of America ceased to exist in 1861 when the Southern legislators walked out of Congress. After the war ended the United States of America was NOT reinstated. Instead the Northern bankers ran it like a corporation until the United States Corporation was created in 1871. Since then Congress has been nothing but the board of the USC. The men who have occupied the White House since 1865 have been presidents of the USC -- NOT the US of A. The last president of the United States of America was Lincoln.