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Democrat Wants Gag Rule on Liberal Scholar in Obamacare Suit

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Professor of Public Interest Law at the George Washington University Law School, Jonathan Turley. (Kevin Dietsch/UPI/Landov)

By    |   Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 03:48 PM

Many Democrats are displeased with liberal legal scholar Jonathan Turley’s decision to represent House Republicans in their lawsuit against President Barack Obama’s unilateral changes to Obamacare, and at least one of them wants to retaliate by silencing him.

When he signed a contract to represent the House in the case (United States House of Representatives v. Burwell), Turley agreed not to discuss the litigation with the media.

But that restriction does not go far enough for Rep. Robert Brady of Pennsylvania, ranking Democrat on the House Administration Committee, who wants the George Washington University law professor barred from speaking out on issues of presidential executive authority for months or years to come, The Daily Caller reported.

“Would it not be better to prohibit Mr. Turley from making any media appearances in which he comments on the extent of the executive authority of the President in any context whatsoever during the pendency of this case?” Brady wrote in a letter sent Monday to Rep. Candice Miller, chairman of the House Administration Committee.

Brady then asked Miller if it might not be better “if Mr. Turley was prohibited from making statements, granting interviews or otherwise conferring with any member of the media or media organization for a period of years following the conclusion of this case.”

House Republicans have had difficulty finding a law firm to work on the lawsuit against the Obama administration. The Atlantic Monthly reported last month that two law firms withdrew from representing the House after coming under pressure from Democrat clients who threatened to stop working with them if they took the House GOP’s case.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi had earlier ridiculed House Speaker John Boehner over Republicans’ inability to find a law firm to represent them.

“Speaker Boehner cannot find a single lawyer in the entire country — even at $500 dollars an hour in taxpayer money — to file a lawsuit that is so totally devoid of any legal merit," said Drew Hammill, a Pelosi spokesman.

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Many Democrats are displeased with liberal legal scholar Jonathan Turley’s decision to represent House Republicans in their lawsuit against President Barack Obama’s unilateral changes to Obamacare, and at least one of them wants to retaliate by silencing him.
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