Jonathan Turley, a professor at The George Washington University and a constitutional scholar, has been hired by House Republicans to oversee their lawsuit against President Barack Obama over allegedly conducting executive overreach.
Turley (pictured, right) is the third lawyer Republicans have hired since July, according to Politico. The last two lawyers dropped the case and House Republicans still haven’t filed their lawsuit in federal court, Politico also noted.
The argument of the lawsuit by House Republicans against Obama is that he overreached by delaying a part of Obamacare that required employers to offer healthcare to their employees. Boehner has also said he would consider adding Obama’s planned executive action on immigration to the suit.
National Review on Monday flagged comments by Turley on Fox News where he said that if Obama takes executive action on immigration reform it would “tear at the very fabric of the Constitution.”
Turley himself addressed his participation in the lawsuit in a blogpost late Monday.
“It is a great honor to represent the House of Representatives,” Turley wrote. “We are prepared to litigate this matter as far as necessary. The question presented by this lawsuit is whether we will live in a system of shared and equal powers, as required by our Constitution, or whether we will continue to see the rise of a dominant Executive with sweeping unilateral powers. That is a question worthy of review and resolution in our federal courts.”
This post was updated.