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GOP Begins Whispers of Impeaching Obama

There’s no “I” in GOP. At least not yet officially…

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Bill Straub

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August 27, 2013 - 12:06 am

WASHINGTON — Just eight months after being sworn in for a second four-year term, President Obama is the subject of impeachment talk among several Republican lawmakers.

Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, R-MI, told supporters attending a recent Birmingham/Bloomfield Republican Club meeting that forcing Obama from office less than a year after he achieved a 5 million-vote victory over GOP rival Mitt Romney would be “a dream come true.”

Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-TX, told those attending a town hall meeting in Luling that there are sufficient votes in the House of Representatives to adopt a bill of impeachment. But he noted that the Democratic-controlled Senate is unlikely to find the president guilty of any high crimes or misdemeanors as required by the U.S. Constitution.

“If we were to impeach the president tomorrow, you could probably get the votes in the House of Representatives to do it,” he said. “But it would go to the Senate, and he wouldn’t get convicted.”

Earlier this year, Rep. Steve Stockman, R-TX, threatened to seek Obama’s impeachment if he attempted to adopt stricter gun control measures through executive order.

The impeachment discussion isn’t limited to the House side. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-OK, who presents himself as a friend of the president, told a crowd in Muscogee that Obama is drawing “perilously close” to the standards required for ouster.

“I think there’s some intended violation of law in this administration but I also think there’s a ton of incompetence,” Coburn said, adding that if the problems continue, “I think we’re going to have another constitutional crisis in our country in terms of the president.”

Coburn’s fellow Oklahoman, Republican Sen. James Inhofe, suggested as early as May that Obama could face impeachment over last year’s terrorist attack on the diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that led to the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others. Inhofe, in a radio interview on The Rusty Humphries Show, said that the administration engaged in the “greatest cover-up in American history” over the attack and added, “People may be starting to use the I-word before too long,”

Inhofe said he believed outrage over Benghazi would endure and asserted that Obama’s impeachment could come after the 2014 midterm elections if the GOP regains control of the Senate.

And Sen. Ted Cruz, R-TX, being talked up among conservatives as a GOP presidential candidate in 2016, sidestepped a query during a town hall meeting in Conroe regarding why there has been no attempt to impeach Obama by acknowledging, “It’s a good question.”

“I’ll tell you the simplest answer — to successfully impeach a president you need the votes in the U.S. Senate,” Cruz said. Those votes are unavailable because the chamber is controlled by Democrats.

In the post 2000-recall election, post-9/11 world, talk about impeachment, once rarely discussed, appears to be on the upswing on both sides of the aisle, as the nation’s politics becomes increasingly divisive. From the beginning of the republic to 1998 only one president has faced impeachment, Andrew Johnson, in 1868, for violating the Tenure of Office Act when he fired Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. He ultimately was acquitted in a Senate trial by a single vote.

President Bill Clinton was impeached in 1998 for perjury and obstruction of justice focusing on his involvement in a sex scandal. He likewise was acquitted. The House Judiciary Committee adopted articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon as a result of the Watergate scandal in 1974 but he resigned before the full House vote sent the issue to the upper chamber.

Other than Stockman and Inhofe, lawmakers discussing Obama’s potential impeachment haven’t offered specific reasons for their desire to remove him from office.

Bentivolio said he is scanning the transcripts of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s hearings on the Internal Revenue Service’s treatment of Tea Party groups seeking tax exemptions for information that might tie the situation to the White House.

“I went back to my office and I have had lawyers come in, and these are lawyers, well — Ph.D.s in history — I said, ‘Tell me how I can impeach the president of the United States. What evidence do you have?’ You’ve got to have the evidence,” Bentivolio said.

Conservative organizations and journalists have been more forthcoming. The “Overpasses for Obama’s Impeachment” movement, a grassroots group claiming 40,000 members that features protestors gathering at highway overpasses seeking support for the president’s ouster, lists 12 offenses developed by Michael Connelly, identified as a retired constitutional lawyer.

The charges include pushing through a healthcare reform act “that he was fully aware was unconstitutional,” ordering a moratorium on offshore oil drilling without congressional consent, abdicating his responsibility to enforce the laws against illegal immigration, unilaterally declaring that the Defense of Marriage Act passed by the Congress is unconstitutional, the so-called “Fast and Furious” gun-running scandal and engaging in the Libyan civil war without congressional consent.

Several other groups mention the administration’s actions regarding the National Security Agency securing domestic phone records to track down terrorists as a possible impeachable offense.

The White House thus far has ignored the chatter. But David Axelrod, a former top advisor to Obama who helped mastermind his two presidential victories, told MSNBC on Friday that impeachment talk is “plainly absurd, but it’s worse than absurd,” and that comments by Coburn in particular were “way out of bounds.”

“What we’ve seen is a serial attempt to disqualify — by both sides, by the way, but I think more so by the Republicans — to disqualify whoever’s the president of the United States, not just debate them, not just disagree with them, but render them illegitimate — and that is dangerous for this country,” Axelrod said.

Washington freelancer Bill Straub is former White House correspondent for Scripps Howard News Service.

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So Joe Biden can save us.

At the point you speak of, and you may be right, it is more likely that the GOP could take both houses. Then, it would be time to leave Obama in place.

I'll be blunt: A LOT of people who voted for Obama will need to suffer, and suffer hard, if there is ever to any success in wising people up to "progressivism's" ramifications. Failing that, the low-informidiots will fall for it every damn time, and drag us into the abyss with them.

Events and calendar conspire: there is no putting the puzzle together where impeaching Obama at this stage will serve conservatism, and there is still MUCH to lose. Not gonna happen....
34 weeks ago
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Bengazi, IRS, cronyism, executive orders about every month... B.H. Obama is a failed President. Now he intends to throw American's weight around in Syria without even pretending to have a long term plan. I fear this arrogant pretender will light the fuse for world war in the mid-east.
34 weeks ago
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Does the GOP have anything to lose by impeaching this fraud? The black vote? The illegal alien vote? The bimbo vote? What better way is there to expose this menace and fraud, than to impeach him? It would also give his media an excellent chance to show what thralls they are.
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Has Obama committed impeachable offenses? Yes. Should the Republican House impeach him. No. For the simple reason that you cannot successfully impeach a president without the cooperation of the president's party. This makes impeachment a stunt. A stunt will not be successful unless you dominate the political discussion. The Republicans do not and have no immediate prospects of doing so. Impeachment will be portrayed in the media as an unjustified stunt. The tyrant in the white house has the support of about half the American people and the media cover for his crimes. Impeachment is charging uphill against a numerically equivalent and better armed enemy.
33 weeks ago
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People forget that impeachment applies to ALL executive branch officials. A good strategy might be to impeach lesser officials that have done wrongdoing, especially if they are being protected by Obama. Lois Lerner and Wilkins in the IRS might become good candidates once the evidence is fully fleshed out. And even if they resign, the Senate can prohibit them from holding all future federal office, and take away their federal pensions.
31 weeks ago
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After a couple days of comments attacking Obama, some defending Obama is ANYONE advocating defending the Republic? No.
You completely miss the point. Impeachment is one of the Checks and Balances so carefully crafted into the Constitution, perhaps the last one to be employed but it's there.
Is Congress blocking or impeding Obama in any meaningful way? No? Are the investigations likely to blunt his assault on our liberties, what's left of them? No. Is the Supreme Court doing anything to slow the transfer of power from the Congress to the President? No.
How will you address this? Is the next President to be allowed to record your phone calls, emails and private information? Is the next President going to be allowed to use the IRS to investigate and harass his political opponents? Is the next President going to be allowed to refuse to cooperate with Congressional Oversite committees by claiming them to be phoney on Letterman or Leno?
Impeachment may very well be the last hope we have to reclaim the Republic before it is turned into a Banana Republic.
33 weeks ago
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Yes, and I definitely desire for Obama to be voted out of office. Heck, had I had my way, disregarding ANY possible crippling flaws in the process, I'd have him impeached by the hour (and unlike Hillary Rodham (as she was known at the time during Watergate), I'd make SURE that the impeachment process followed that of Andrew Johnson and not make up trumped up charges). Unfortunately, as much as I strongly desire to see Obama impeached, there's not much we can do about it due to the Democrats control of the Senate. Remember, we tried to impeach Clinton back during his second term when there was a Republican majority in the House, and that crashed and burned thanks to a Democrat-controlled senate and some RINOs in the party. The only real chance we have at impeaching Obama is if we get genuine Conservatives into office and if the Republicans keep the House and win the Senate, and going by the GOP's recent stance in banning NBC and CNN from moderating debates (partially because of those networks attempts to do that election infomercial of a biopic on Hillary Clinton), I'd say they are at least appearing to get their act together. If the republicans don't win the Senate, or worse, lose both the House and not win the Senate, or even worse than that, keep the House and win the Senate, but still don't impeach Obama, then our last option, period, disregarding the legality of it, might require vigilante action against Obama. I don't wish for this option even with my distaste for Obama and his actions, but if push comes to shove and I'm backed into a corner, then whether I desire it or not, I will resort to those actions if necessary for this republic, and for all Christians and Jewish people. I've already heard plenty of stories of what the Communists, Socialists, Atheists, Anarchists, and the like did to Christians since at least the late 18th century in France, and I am NOT willing to let this sort of thing happen here, or anywhere else for that matter.
33 weeks ago
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Nixon was put through the impeachment process, but never successfully impeached. The Articles got through the Committee process and Nixon quit. I'd say that was a success, wouldn't you?
Why would that not be a reasonable outcome in this case? The important point is not to destroy Obama. The important goal is to stop the power grab and reestablish the Constitutional limits of power.
33 weeks ago
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Also, considering that Obama has extensive crimes under his belt (genuine, verifiable crimes, BTW, not the ones Hillary falsely reported about Nixon), that's no attack on Obama, that's exactly what's going to happen. Had I wanted to attack Obama, why would I wait for an impeachment hearing?
33 weeks ago
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First off, I never said it wasn't a success, nor did I mean that. I was citing something I read up about in regards to Hillary Clinton, where she was responsible for the trumped up charges. In fact, her boss at the time eventually discovered this when her partner admitted to it. Incidentially, the guy, Zeifman also mentioned that, of the few pupils who didn't get a commendation from him, Hillary was one of them. That's why I refuse to acknowledge those Articles' legitimacy. Said boss of hers was a Democrat, FYI. And here's the article: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/814539/posts The article even implied that her machinations were pretty much the only reason Nixon might have come close to impeachment, and that the only genuinely damning thing about him were those tapes, which probably would not have been enough to impeach him.
33 weeks ago
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This may be useful, I think: Yesterday I got a call from a former co-worker. She and her husband were active supporters of O. to the point that volunteered actively in the last three elections to get out the vote. One could not even disagree with The One without them getting all offended. Yesterday she called to apologize for some strong words she had for me about a year ago regarding the presidential election. She was obviously horrified that she had collaborated with all her soul to promote the abomination. I am quite sure she and hubby are not the only ones waking up to the fact that they have voted for a monster. This is slowly beginning to turn around methinks.
34 weeks ago
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Axelrod's statement that Republicans won't debate Obama is beyond absurd. Obama is so terrified of revealing his lack of interest in and knowledge of the workings of our government that he probably won't even debate Michelle. Or the new puppy.
34 weeks ago
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First impeach O in the House. By then the moral outrage should be so big from all the testimony that even Democrat Senators could be motivated to do the right thing, to keep from being run out of town next elections. If nothing else from the fallout of the imminent Syrian invasion. It's already more unpopular than Viet Nam at the lowest point of that war. Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0_zA7F2Ang
34 weeks ago
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I doubt it. If the democrats weren't willing to even attack Holder or Clinton (both Bill and Hillary) for their various crimes when they were convicted, why would they even bother attacking Obama's crimes? They only care about their party. They're willing to attack Republicans/Conservatives for crimes, yet they turn a blind eye to crimes caused by their own party. Besides, when we tried to impeach Clinton for his acts, including perjury, among other things, the Democrats in the Senate basically threw out the case. I am not willing to have that mistake repeat itself, especially with someone worse than Clinton. If we are going to remove Obama from office, we have to remove him after 2014, and even then, only if the Republicans win both houses, since there's a better chance of him being impeached by a Republican supermajority than right now.
33 weeks ago
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God, how I get tired of Stupid. The GOP cannot even rally around the massively-popular objective of destroying ObamaCare. Impeachment? It is to laugh.
34 weeks ago
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The GOP might be getting its act together now, at least, if their banning NBC and CNN from moderating any GOP debates is anything to go by. Yes, that was primarily due to their making that Hillary biopic, but the current head also insinuated that they were doing this to make up for 2012 and would have done it anyways even if they didn't do the Hillary biopic.
33 weeks ago
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Counter-productive use of the opposition's resources and energy
And I am no fan of O
34 weeks ago
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Anyone in the GOP even thinking impeachment should silenced by any means necessary.
34 weeks ago
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My thumbs up was supposed to be a thumbs down.
34 weeks ago
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Why don't they just try standing up to him? It's a lot easier than impeaching him.
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