US Congress and checks on the President

John Boehner has annouced the expansion of the investigation of the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, accusing the Obama administration of obstructing them from getting to the truth. The power of investigation is one that Congress can, and has used, in an attempt to ‘check’ the Presidency. As with so many investigations however, they are reactive, rather than proactive and this can make the checks somewhat flawed – after all, in this instance, if they were to find the Obama administration to be in the wrong, they have only limited further powers to carry out any form of ‘punishment’. This back and forth argument is useful for a 45 mark question on the Constitution (checks and balances/separation of powers) or the two branches of government (Congress/President).