House GOP Lawyers Up vs. Obama —Again

Jonathan Turley is 3rd attorney to pick up executive overreach lawsuit
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 18, 2014 11:55 AM CST
House GOP Lawyers Up vs. Obama —Again
Jonathan Turley, attorney for Kody Brown and his four wives, the stars of "Sister Wives," talks with reporters on Jan. 17, 2013, in Salt Lake City.   (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

The Grand Old Party has again lawyered up in its lawsuit against President Obama, and House Republicans are hoping that the third time is the charm, reports Politico. They've hired Jonathan Turley, a constitutional lawyer and George Washington University professor who has also represented the polygamists of TLC's Sister Wives, in their as-yet-unfiled lawsuit against the president for executive overreach. "Professor Turley is a renowned legal scholar who agrees that President Obama has clearly overstepped his constitutional authority," says a rep for John Boehner, calling him "a natural choice."

In a statement, Turley himself called it "an honor to represent the institution in this historic lawsuit." Democrats wasted little time in pouncing, with a Nancy Pelosi rep noting that despite the "$500-per-hour in taxpayer dollars" price tag, "Speaker Boehner has had to scour Washington to find a lawyer willing to file this meritless lawsuit." Further, "he's hired a TV personality for this latest episode of his distraction and dysfunction." The lawsuit could cost up to $350,000. (More Jonathan Turley stories.)

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