Lawmakers: Obama Would Order Review Of Executive Orders

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Barack Obama has held a closed-door meeting with House Democrats, who say the presidential candidate talked about executive orders.

Several lawmakers say Obama told the group that as president, he would direct his attorney general to scour White House executive orders and expunge any that "trample on liberty," as one put it.

Presidents issue executive orders to direct operations of executive branch agencies, like the Justice Department and the CIA.

During his term, President Bush has increasingly relied on executive orders to dictate policies without seeking congressional approval. For example, Bush used an executive order last year to breathe new life into the CIA's controversial terror interrogation program.

Obama did not mention executive orders when he addressed reporters after the meeting. He said only that he would be campaigning alongside members to win the presidency and help expand Democratic majorities in the House and Senate.

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