- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 29, 2014

A former White House lawyer said Sunday that a proposed lawsuit against President Obama is nothing more than a political stunt in an election year.

“To say its frivolous is an understatement,” Kathy Ruemmler said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, announced last week that he planned to sue the president for not faithfully upholding the Constitution and for overstepping his bounds with executive actions on a variety of issues from immigration to minimum wage to environmental standards.

Ms. Ruemmler, who served under Mr. Obama for three years, said the president takes his responsibility to stay within his legal bounds very seriously and always checks with his lawyers before taking an executive action.


She also said the fact that Mr. Boehner has yet to designate a specific action over which to sue demonstrates that the lawsuit is just for show.

“To come out guns blazing, but then say, ‘Well I haven’t really figured out why yet’ is a little odd,” she said. “And pretty suggestive this is just for show and opportunistic in an election year.”

Ms. Ruemmler said the speaker would have to show that he has standing, or some type of concrete injury — something that she says nobody in Congress can show.

But Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, said the speaker does have standing since he is an elected representative of the people, who are given power by the Constitution.

“I think he has standing if he’s helping pass laws and the president comes in and says, ‘This is the part I’m going to follow,’” Mr. Priebus said. “He is overreaching and overtaking a part of the Constitution he doesn’t have the power to take. He isn’t respecting the Constitution.”