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"CAN A PRESIDENT ADJOURN CONGRESS? Yes, absolutely. The President can Adjourn or Convene one or both Houses of Congress on EXTRAORDINARY OCCASIONS at anytime."
"ARTICLE II, SECTION 3 - CONSTITUTION The legal basis of a Presidential Adjournment is granted to the President in Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution, which says the President shall have the power on EXTRAORDINARY OCCASIONS to convene both Houses, or either of them, and in a case of DISAGREEMENT BETWEEN THEM, with respect to the time of ADJOURNMENT, he may adjourn them to such time as he shall think proper, not to exceed the remaining time in the current session. The practical purpose of an Adjournment is simple. The President can force a legal RECESS of the Senate to provide him a window to make a series of temporary Recess Appointments that have been blocked by the Senate for too long."
Homeland Security Presidential Directive 5
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"WHAT IS AN EXTRAORDINARY OCCASION?"
"The President must be aware of the optics for adjourning Congress. What would constitute an extraordinary occasion? How about the release of evidence showing corruption by Senate Democrats related to FISA Warrants, Media Leaks and False Accusations? How about threats of violence from Left Wing nutjobs and activists that are organizing in over 900 US Cities? How about having to call up the National Guard to maintain law and order during the mid-term elections. How about D5?"
2018 Amendments to the Manual for Courts-Martial, United States
Issued on: March 1, 2018
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