House Hires New Lawyer for Obamacare Suit

The House has hired a new lawyer to prosecute its lawsuit against President Obama after previous counsel bowed out, citing political pressure, the House Administration Committee confirmed on Friday.

William A. Burck has been retained as the lead outside attorney in a House Republican initiated lawsuit challenging as unconstitutional Obama’s 2013 decision to unilaterally delay the implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate.

Burck previously served as outside counsel for the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in a lawsuit brought against Attorney General Eric Holder.

A House Republican source familiar with the Obamacare lawsuit said that the attorney originally retained to represent the House, David Rivkin, backed out because his firm, BakerHostetler, was under political pressure from other clients to drop the case.