Senator Chuck Grassley, Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is pressing Attorney General Eric Holder to direct the Department of Justice to publicly disclose its opinions, analyses and conclusions concerning the lawfulness of all executive orders proposed by the President.
In a letter to Holder Grassley wrote, “I am gravely concerned that the system of checks and balances enshrined in the Constitution is threatened by the President’s determination to take unilateral action if he cannot persuade Congress and the American people of the merits of his ideas.”
The President’s use of executive orders is subject to review by the Department of Justice. The Office of Legal Counsel at the department reviews all executive orders proposed to be issued by the President to determine whether they are constitutional and otherwise lawful.
A copy of the text of the letter is below. A signed copy can be found here.