It took quite a bit, and for a while it looked like Obama would be smart enough to avoid this obvious trap. But unfortunately (to pretty much all involved) Obama seems to have buckled to the pressure from his extreme left allies and has started the process of criminalizing the previous administration.
It could be a reaction to his failed attempts to convince Republicans to join his government. But it could also be that this is being played as a big smoke screen for all the controversy he has created with his ballooned budget.
In any case, you can be sure that this is unprecedented and it will have serious consequences. Either it will change the American system forever in a very negative way, or it will cost Obama his reelection (and probably cost the Democrats their majority).
Let’s hope it will be the later.