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Liberal Law Prof to Represent House in Lawsuit Against Obama

By    |   Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 08:35 PM

A liberal legal scholar who supports national healthcare and voted for President Barack Obama has agreed to represent the House of Representatives in a lawsuit against the president, Politico reports.

Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University and frequent television legal analyst, is the third attorney hired by House Speaker John Boehner to help sue Obama on grounds that he has overstepped his constitutional authority.

Two previous Boehner hires quit, and other law firms steered clear of the assignment, leading many observers to declare the legal challenge dead in the water.

Democrats also used the threat of litigation as a fundraising tool in the midterm elections, while the president himself declared it a "stunt."

The Republican-controlled House voted to authorize the lawsuit this summer after the administration ordered a delay in the employer-mandate provision of the Affordable Care Act — a move Boehner said exceeded the president's authority under the Constitution.

Boehner has now found a legal advocate for his argument — one known for his liberal political views but also for his detailed criticisms of how the Obama administration has wielded its power in areas including healthcare and immigration.

"Professor Turley is a renowned legal scholar who agrees that President Obama has clearly overstepped his constitutional authority," Michael Steel, a spokesman for Boehner, told Politico. "He is a natural choice to handle this lawsuit."

Turley wrote on his blog Monday that it is an "honor" to represent the House.

"I support national healthcare and voted for President Obama in his first presidential campaign," he wrote.

"However, as I have often stressed before Congress, in the Madisonian system it is as important how you do something as what you do. And, the executive is barred from usurping the legislative branch's Article I powers, no matter how politically attractive or expedient it is to do so," Turley wrote.

"This case represents a long-overdue effort by Congress to resolve fundamental Separation of Powers issues," he wrote.

Democrats promptly blasted the new hire.

"Even for $500-per-hour in taxpayer dollars, Speaker Boehner has had to scour Washington to find a lawyer willing to file this meritless lawsuit against the president," Drew Hammill, a spokesman for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, told Politico.

"Now he's hired a TV personality for this latest episode of his distraction and dysfunction."

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