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Chaffetz Clarifies Impeachment Call to PJM: ‘We’re Not to That Point Yet’

Utah Republican says impeachment is “not the goal" but he's not "taking it off the table."

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Nicholas Ballasy

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May 21, 2013 - 8:02 am

Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz clarified his position on impeachment of President Obama over the Benghazi terror attack controversy.

“You’ve said impeachment is on the table for Benghazi,” PJ Media said to Chaffetz, a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, on Capitol Hill.

“No, I said I’m not taking it off the table; there’s a big difference,” he responded.

National Review reported on Monday that Chaffetz said Congress should consider impeaching President Obama over the administration’s handling of the Sept. 11, 2012, terror attack in Benghazi, which claimed the life of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three consulate workers.

“This is an administration embroiled in a scandal that they created,” he said. “It’s a cover-up. I’m not saying impeachment is the end game, but it’s a possibility, especially if they keep doing little to help us learn more.”

PJ Media asked Chaffetz, also a member of the House Judiciary Committee, if he has the same position on the IRS scandal with regards to impeachment.

“We’re not to that point yet,” he said.

Chaffetz told PJ Media that overall, impeachment is “not the goal, it’s not the endgame but I’m not taking it off the table.”

Former IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman testified before the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday about the IRS making conservative groups meet special requirements for tax-exempt status.

Montana Democratic Sen. Max Baucus, the committee’s chairman, and Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch, the ranking member, have sent a letter to the IRS requesting an explanation.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and other senior officials knew that the IRS was targeting conservative groups but did not inform President Obama.

Despite this, Carney said Obama “believes it’s entirely appropriate that some matters are not appropriate to convey to him and this is one of them.”

Nicholas Ballasy is a video journalist based in Washington, D.C. His interviews with prominent politicians and celebrities have been featured by media outlets including Fox News, NBC News, ABC News, Access Hollywood, Inside Edition, the Washington Post. Follow his work at www.nickballasy.com.

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Based on several polls, most people really don't seem to care one way or another about Benghazi. A CNN poll showed 59% approved of Obama's handling of it. A PPP Poll showed most of the folks with issues are conservatives and half of them didn't even know where Benghazi is located. I mean, talk about low informative voters! It looks like Obama's sailing through the GOP scandal fest just fine.

What they do seem to care about is the dysfunctional Congress brought to us mainly by the GOP. These impeachment rants really don't help this image. While I understand many on the right long for the return of those Birther Days, one should remember how the Clinton witch hunt blew up in their faces. And as an aside, the last I heard, Obama isn't running again.
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Guys, guys.... The latest propaganda-sheet-asking-for-more-money the Republican National Committee sent me enthuses that we're going to 'cut Barack Obama's second term in half!' That's a quote.

Whatever it is they're going to do, they're going to do it AFTER the 2014 elections. What they're doing now is bringing up more dirt, and more filth, and more embarrassing secrets so the electorate will be as jaded and disgusted as possible by then. The Dems will be subdued, the Republican faithful will be frothing at the mouth, and the indie voters will be indignant.

This is called preparing the battlefield. Be patient.

/crosses fingers, hopes the GOP is half as smart as I credit them with being
47 weeks ago
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It would have to be after 2014 because there is no way, short of actually slaughtering a crowd of innocent people (and sometimes even then depending on who the victims would be), that the Senate would vote to remove the man from office. Without the Senate, impeachment would just be symbolic, like Clinton's
47 weeks ago
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We need more Senators like Chavez.....note this paste of his excellent retort:

“You’ve said impeachment is on the table for Benghazi,” PJ Media said to Chaffetz, a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, on Capitol Hill.

“No, I said I’m not taking it off the table; there’s a big difference,” he responded.
47 weeks ago
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They will be ready for a criminal trial no long from now. There has been an on going criminal investigation over the past two years and most of the media has been ignoring this investigation. There have been press conferences but all ignored. Many think that the investigation ended but just the opposite has happened, it has picked up its pace and there are VIPS ready to bring this to the courts. Screw Congress, they had many chances to investigate the fraud and crimes but chose to help keep the lid on the scandal of the century. Diana West said it best, what is coming is "the biggest fraud ever committed against the United States." The CONSERVATIVE MEDIA will be caught with their panties down around their ankles and will be force to apologize for their silence.
47 weeks ago
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Impeachment is not enough. Removal from office is not enough. Criminal trial, that would be the way. In a criminal trial the facts will be rooted in the public mind.
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Never gonna happen though
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