WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) announced the introduction of the Expediting Civil Litigation Against the Executive Act to amend Title 28 of the United States Code to expedite the review of covered civil actions to which the President is a party. The bill ensures that civil cases against the President for sexual misconduct, or cases against the President where he/she has a personal financial interest, are given special consideration by district courts and the Supreme Court. Congressman Lieu’s legislation allows litigants in these cases to motion for a three-judge panel, skip the Courts of Appeal, and petition the Supreme Court directly for review.
“I’m pleased to introduce this critical legislation that limits procedural tactics that can delay and often prevent resolution in sexual misconduct or corruption cases against the President. We saw the failure of courts to take up litigation against the former president in a timely fashion while he was in office – and we must ensure that can’t happen again. The people deserve to have their claim heard against the President, the holder of the highest office in the land, as well as recourse for the sexual misconduct or corruption of a president.”
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