A federal official who attempts to exert a power not granted to his office by the Constitution has broken the Supreme Law of the Land. He is a lawbreaker, and of the most serious sort. Why doesn't he face any sort of punishment for his deed if he's convicted? Why doesn't he, at the very least, forfeit the "honors and emoluments" that pertain to his office? Yet there is no provision for such forfeiture, much less for any further penalty.
Mr Porretto has again provided a thought-provoking essay.