Earnest to Karl On Hillary Promising To Go "Further" On Immigration Executive Orders: We Were "Heartened" By Her Comments

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Posted: May 06, 2015 4:11 PM
JON KARL: If the White House's position that the president did all he could do on this issue is true, and Hillary Clinton is now saying that what she would do using her executive powers as president, is go further. She is suggesting that she would extend differed action to the parents of the DREAMers for example. Given what you've said, your suggestion is that what Hillary is proposing is beyond the powers of the presidency, essentially not legal. JOSH EARNEST: I'm not a judge, I didn't go to law school, so I'm not going to be in a position to render a legal position about-- JONATHAN KARL: But the White House's position remains that the president did all he could do within his legal power? JOSH EARNEST: Absolutely. And we went to the extraordinary step of releasing that office of legal council opinion to buttress that legal argument we were making in support of the executive action the president announced. JONATHAN KARL: And now Hillary Clinton is saying she will go further. Effectively, in the view of the WH, going beyond the bounds of what is legally permissible by the president. JOSH EARNEST: Again, I'll let Clinton and her campaign say what steps they envision taking, and I'll allow them to make the case about why it is legal. We certainly were heartened by the fact that Sec. Clinton so forcefully supported the president's executive actions. And the other thing she said that is true is the best way