Skip to comments.Can Obama use DOJ lawyers to defend himself against eligbility lawsuits?
Posted on 04/22/2011 12:24:15 PM PDT by klb99
I just received a fund-raising email from United States Justice Foundation (www.usjf.net) who seem to be doing the Lord's work. It says that O is using DOJ lawyers, at taxpayers expense, to defend him against the USJF eligibility lawsuit. It seems to me that his defense should be a personal expense for him. Does anyone on FR have any knowledge of the legality of this? If it's legal, it's totally outrageous and infuriating.
Who’s going to stop him?
Obama is a fraud who has already committed crimes, such as social security fraud.
He has told Congress and the Supreme Court, over various issues, to shove it!
I would think not....since his eligibility would have been an issue BEFORE he became President
Another facet of this issue that needs to be explored....and more reason to question the Liberal GOP Media for siding with Obama on this, and not supporting conservatives.
Well our lion-hearted Republicans certainly won’t make a fuss, now will they. If gutlessness were a requirement for office, I doubt there would be a Democrat on the Hill!!!
What a bunch of spineless gutless pansies the politicians are. Even the dems, if they were honest human beings, would be appalled at what this guy is doing. The GOP says NOTHING.....in fact they say “leave it alone”.
Did clinton use DOJ lawyers as defense of the blow job lies?
Why does he have to defend himself. Surely, the most powerful man on the planet could get somebody to release the long form BC.
It's unlikely that if any of these cases would ever be heard on the merits (and thus far, noen have), that the DoJ would continue to assist in Obama's defense. Generally, the DoJ and White House Counsel's office are forbidden from assisting the president, or any member of government, from ethical inquiries. This would be a kind of ethical inquiry, or at a minimum would have ethical implications.
Also, attorney-client privilege as it's generally understood does not apply between the president and the DoJ, or the White House, so that too would make assisting in this kind of case, problematic and highly unlikely.
No. The DoJ nor the White House Counsel's office are permitted to assist the executive against impeachment proceedings.
He shouldn’t be using taxpayer money to defend himself.
I remember it well...it was Kenneth Starr vs. Carville & Begala.
I have no problem with his using the DOJ to defend himself while in office. If he wasn’t able to— EVERY president would be sued constantly by people of the opposite political persuasion until they were dead broke.
After he’s found to be guilty of fraud, however, he should have to repay all legal expenses incurred by the taxpayers.
If you made Bill Ayers the Director of the FBI, would he blow up his own office?
Can an illegal alien commit a crime, if he's not supposed to be here in the first place?
If a pantomime shoots himself, will the gun make any noise?
Congress “found” him eligible, so at this point, it is Congress+Obama defending eligibility. Congress can spend public money as it sees fit.
The short answer is "it depends." If he's being sued for breach of private contract or similar, then he is on his own. Most civil causes of action are outside of conlaw, so the president is, in the main, on his own when it comes to legal defense.
Congress does allocate specific money to legal cases involving its members, and should render similar assistance, in appropriate cases, to the president.
But the case of presidential eligibility implies a Congressional finding in favor of Obama being qualified.
If he is being sued for something he did while in office, of course the DOJ should defend him.
But, if he is being challenged over something that occurred before he assumed office, then the President is required to employ a personal lawyer.
This was the case for Clinton, remember. He was being sued for sexual harrassment while he was serving as Governor of Arkansas.