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Obama calls Boehner’s lawsuit over executive orders a ‘stunt’


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President Obama dismissed a forthcoming lawsuit filed by House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) over the president's use of executive orders, calling it a "stunt" during an interview with ABC News.

“I'm not going to apologize for trying to do something while they're doing nothing,” Obama said during an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, conducted during the president's current trip to Minnesota. “The suit is a stunt.”

Boehner announced Wednesday that he would pursue a lawsuit against Obama's use of executive orders, alleging that the president has not faithfully executed the law.

Obama dismissed the legal action, saying that Boehner and other House Republicans should pass legislation if it is concerned about his use of executive action.

“What I've told Speaker Boehner directly is: If you're really concerned about me taking too many executive actions, why don't you try getting something done through Congress?” Obama said.

In a statement released Friday morning, Boehner's spokesman said Obama's calling the lawsuit a stunt was dismissive of the concerns of some Americans.

“The American people, their elected representatives, and the Supreme Court have all expressed serious concerns about the President’s failure to follow the Constitution," said Michael Steel, Boehner's spokesman. "Dismissing them with words like, ‘smidgen’ or ‘stunt’ only reinforces their frustration.”

Wesley Lowery is a national reporter covering law enforcement and justice for the Washington Post. He previously covered Congress and national politics.

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