House Ready to Drop $350K to Sue Obama
Lawyer David Rivkin is charging $500 an hour
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Aug 26, 2014 11:18 AM CDT
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 31, 2014.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – The House of Representatives has lawyered up in its quest to sue President Obama, the National Journal reports, and it's not going to be cheap: David Rivkin was key to devising the House's case strategy in the first place. He'll be paid $500 an hour up to a total of $350,000 in a contract that lasts through January, Politico reports. That allows Rivkin's team to work on the case for 700 hours, the Week notes. Rep. Steve Israel, chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, slammed the move: "Only in John Boehner's world does it make sense to pay lawyers $500 per hour to work on a partisan lawsuit while refusing to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 for hardworking Americans trying to feed their families."

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greenlantern1
Aug 31, 2014 9:42 PM CDT
Did our Forefathers EVER contemplate suing the president?
cornelison
Aug 28, 2014 3:48 AM CDT
That's fiscal conservatism for you. Remember how much shutting down govt. cost? The GOP is ready to shut down frequently if they don't get their way.
JERZJOE
Aug 27, 2014 8:02 AM CDT
Barack Obama claims that the House Republicans’ lawsuit against his unconstitutional executive power grabs is a “political stunt.” That makes it clear he doesn’t take the Constitution seriously — and he doesn’t take his responsibility to the American people seriously either. We should all thank John Boehner & The House for taking a stand against President Obama’s unconstitutional actions. And 13 times over the past three years, the Supreme Court has unanimously struck down the Obama Administration's attempt to expand federal power — more proof he’s wrong and out of line. Barack Obama thinks he’s above the law and the Constitution. The only political stunt here is Obama’s excessive and repeated abuse of power. The House Republicans MUST sue President Obama in order to rein in this Imperial President from abusing his power, disregarding the laws and constitutional limits, and disrespecting the American people. There ya go!