House Hires $500-An-Hour Lawyers To Sue Obama
House Republicans revealed they will pay law firm Baker & Hostetler LLP to sue President Barack Obama for allegedly overstepping his legal authority in implementing the Affordable Care Act by giving large employers a one-year extension to offer coverage.
Politico: House To Spend $350K On Barack Obama Lawsuit
The House of Representatives will not spend more than $350,000 to sue President Barack Obama, according to a contract released Monday by a congressional committee. BakerHostetler’s David Rivkin will represent the House as it seeks to show that Obama has misused executive authority. The contract expires in January 2015 and the House is paying $500 per hour (Sherman, 8/25).
The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire: House GOP Hires $500-An-Hour Lawyers For Suit Against Obama
House Republicans revealed Monday they will pay an outside law firm $500 an hour to pursue their lawsuit against President Barack Obama, a disclosure that served to ratchet up the political controversy surrounding the GOP’s legal effort. House Republicans said they had hired law firm Baker & Hostetler LLP and partner David Rivkin to make the legal case that Mr. Obama overstepped his legal authority in implementing the Affordable Care Act. The lawsuit, which was authorized by House Republicans last month, is expected to focus on the White House’s decision last year to give employers a one-year reprieve from a requirement they offer health coverage or pay a penalty (Crittenden, 8/25).