Tom DeLay: I'd Be 'Reluctant' to Sue Obama

Thursday, 26 Jun 2014 05:26 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay isn't thrilled with fellow Republican House Speaker John Boehner's plan to sue President Barack Obama over his out-of-control use of executive power.

"I understand the situation Speaker Boehner is in. Right now he has a Senate that won't do anything to uphold the integrity of the Congress,'' DeLay told "The Steve Malzberg Show'' on Newsmax TV.

"They're not going to fight with the president over spending and particularly spending on unconstitutional and lawless actions by the president so Boehner's reaching for anything that he can.

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"[But] I am really reluctant to go to the courts and put them into the position, nine unelected for life, to decide the separation of powers between the Congress and the executive branch.''

In announcing his intention to sue the commander-in-chief, Boehner said: "I believe the President is not faithfully executing the laws of our country, and on behalf of the institution and our constitution standing up and fighting for this is in the best long term interest of the Congress.''

But DeLay said the long, drawn-out legal proceeding will eventually make the lawsuit moot.

"Obama will be out of office by the time this is decided. Right now the House needs to say, no to Obama, defund his lawlessness and if people like Holder don't uphold the law, start impeaching people,'' he said.

DeLay, a Republican former Congressman from Texas, said the upcoming midterm elections are critical.

"If the American people want to stop this president then they've got to give the Republicans the Senate. That's the only way that we can stop him,'' he said.

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