House Speaker John Boehner today said the House would sue President Obama for all the end runs he has done around Congress.
Obama has violated the spirit of some laws, the letter of others, and ignored still more of them. But Boehner’s lawsuit could take years – possibly not even being completed until after Obama leaves office – and seems designed to gin up the base while trying to appease the ire of the growing number of conservatives who support impeachment.
“This is not about impeachment — it’s about him faithfully executing the laws of this country,” Boehner said.
“My view is the president has not faithfully executed the laws,” he said. “What we have seen clearly over the last five years is an effort to erode the power of the Legislative Branch.”
It’s not clear exactly which of Obama’s actions will be targeted by the suit.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest called the action a “taxpayer-funded lawsuit against the president of the United States for doing his job.”
“It seems that Republicans have shifted their opposition into a high gear,” he said. “Frankly, it’s a gear that I didn’t know previously existed.”