Lawyers: Bush Signing Statements “Contrary to the Rule of Law.”

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The American Bar Association yesterday put out a report denouncing President Bush’s use of signing statements as “improperly depriv[ing] Congress of the opportunity to override the veto” and “contrary to the rule of law and our constitutional system of separation of powers.” More here.

On Bush’s use of signing statements–to override hundreds of laws–see the story that broke open the issue, by the Boston Globe‘s Charlie Savage. And on the Bush administration’s tireless efforts to expand executive power, see Elizabeth Drew’s damning account in the New York Review of Books.

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