Clinton’s nomination constitutional?
Article 1, Section 6 of the Constitution says the following:
“No Senator or Representative shall, during the time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil office under the authority of the United States, which shall have been created, or the emoluments whereof shall have been increased during such time.”
Translation: A lawmaker cannot fill a position if the salary for that position has been raised during that lawmaker’s term in office.
In January, President Bush signed an executive order increasing the salary for the secretary of state and other Cabinet positions by $4,700. Hillary Clinton has been in the Senate since January 2001.
Case closed, says the conservative advocacy group Judicial Watch.