Former President Barack Obama was arguably the worst president to ever hold office. Between all of his lies and scandals, many Americans on both sides of the political aisle were happy to see him leave office.
But things just got worse for the former president after he was smacked with a lawsuit that has rocked Washington, D.C.
A lawsuit was filed on Monday claiming Obama entered into the Paris climate Agreement illegally, and cites a legal memo used to justify the economy killing measures.
The lawsuit alleges the Obama administration argued the agreement could be signed without Senate approval because it does not set “legally binding targets and timetables.”
Such justifications are a misrepresentation of the law, according to the lawsuit.
“This memo demonstrates the Obama administration’s unlawful entry into the Paris treaty,” Chris Horner, a former senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, noted in a press statement attached to the lawsuit.
The memo “represents a major political and legal scandal,” he added.
The Daily Caller reports:
The lawsuit seeks documents related to the memo from the U.S. State Department through a Freedom of Information Act request.
Horner is an attorney at the Government Accountability & Oversight (GAO) in April. The nonprofit group filed the lawsuit on behalf of Energy Policy Advocates.
He cited a legal memo that allegedly justifies Obama’s decision to enter the climate deal, which compels the U.S. and 200 other countries to cut greenhouse gas emissions 26% to 28% by 2025.
Senate approval is required for any international deal that seeks “to adopt 1 targets and timetables,” not merely those that are “legally binding,” Horner noted in the lawsuit, referring to a referendum produced by the Senate in 1992 after the Kyoto Protocol, an international climate agreement designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The U.S. never ratified Kyoto.
Trump announced in 2017 that his administration will be leaving the agreement.
“I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris,” the president said at the time.
Soon after that, the president issued several executive orders to roll back Obama-era global warming regulations.
But Trump can finally make the pullout official this week because the terms stipulate that a partnering country cannot withdraw within the first three years of submission.
Trump can send a letter to the United Nations announcing his intention and it will become official one day after the 2020 election.
The president made that clear last week at an energy conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he confirmed that he will be pulling the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement.
“The Paris accord would have been shutting down American producers with excessive regulatory restrictions like you would not believe, while allowing foreign producers to pollute with impunity,” said Trump, who shared the stage with dozens of workers wearing hard hats.
“What we won’t do is punish the American people while enriching foreign polluters,” he said, adding: “I’m proud to say it, it’s called America First.”
Compliance with the accord could have cost the U.S. “as much as 2.7 million lost jobs by 2025 according to the National Economic Research Associates,” said Trump. “This includes 440,000 fewer manufacturing jobs — not what we need…”
While Trump is honoring his commitment to save American jobs — Obama was just smacked with a lawsuit over his illegal actions to put the U.S. in the agreement in the first place.