Rep. Johnson on Obama Lawsuit - ‘It’s a Coup’

By Eric Scheiner | August 5, 2014 | 10:59 AM EDT

Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) CNSNews photo

( - Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) took to the defense of President Obama during a House Armed Services Committee (HASC) hearing, claiming the House lawsuit is “a coup”.

The lawsuit argues that Obama’s executive orders in a number of areas are unlawful because they exceed his powers. It focuses chiefly on the executive orders involving changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

“That’s what he’s going to be sued for,” Johnson said during the committee hearing last week, “But the overall narrative that is being created is - that the president is lawless and he doesn’t abide by the rule of law, he’s a socialist, he’s not a Christian, he’s not one of us - lets get rid of him. So it’s a coup.”

Johnson made the comments during committee hearings on whether the Obama administration violated the 30-day notice requirement to Congress on prisoner exchanges, when transferring five Taliban prisoners in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

The Georgia Democrat claimed the lawsuit and a resolution condemning the violation of the Congressional notice requirement were part of a movement to impeach President Obama.

The HASC later passed a bipartisan resolution condemning President Obama's failure to comply with the lawful statutory requirement of Congressional notification prior to the release of detainees from the United States detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.

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