Earlier this week, Glenn Beck called for President Obama's impeachment after falsely claiming that Obama had illegally waived a provision so he could supply arms to al-Qaeda.
Unsurprisingly, Bryan Fischer has since levied the exact same accusation.
"Don't miss the significance of this, ladies and gentlemen," said Fischer. "We have a president who is breaking the law. He has no authority to waive this law. He can't do that. Congress is responsible to pass laws; his job is the execute them, not to write them, not to amend them, not to modify them, not to ignore them. His job is to implement them, execute them. That is why he heads up the Executive Branch.
"Congress passes legislation and he's the one that implements it, he's the one that puts it into practice. He has no authority, no liberty, no moral right or constitutional right or legal right or ethical right to change the laws that are given to him by Congress ... I mean, ladies and gentlemen, I don't want you to miss the significance of this; we have a president that is breaking the law in order to aid and abet terrorists."
In his eagerness to make sure his audience didn't miss the significance of that, however, Bryan Fischer missed the fact that everything he was accusing the President of was completely false.
As has already been covered with Glenn Beck, President Obama is not waiving the law so he can supply arms to terrorists. The waiver is instead for the purpose of supplying defensive measures against chemical weapons.
Furthermore, the legislation as written actually does grant the President the capacity to waive it.
The President may waive the prohibitions contained in this section with respect to a specific transaction if (1) the President determines that the transaction is essential to the national security interests of the United States; and (2) not less than 15 days prior to the proposed transaction, the President
—(A) consults with the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate; and (B) submits to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate a report containing
—(i) the name of any country involved in the proposed transaction, the identity of any recipient of the items to be provided pursuant to the proposed transaction, and the anticipated use of those items; (ii) a description of the munitions items involved in the proposed transaction (including their market value) and the actual sale price at each step in the transaction (or if the items are transferred by other than sale, the manner in which they will be provided); (iii) the reasons why the proposed transaction is essential to the national security interests of the United States and the justification for such proposed transaction; (iv) the date on which the proposed transaction is expected to occur; and (v) the name of every United States Government department, agency, or other entity involved in the proposed transaction, every foreign government involved in the proposed transaction, and every private party with significant participation in the proposed transaction.
Fischer claimed that the President had "no authority to waive the law," when in reality, the very law itself as written gives him that authority.