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April 22, 2014 - 6:59 am

If Democrats lose the Senate this fall, Barack Obama loses the lynchpin of his lawlessness. The Senate in Harry Reid’s grubby hands has killed Obamacare repeal bills by the bushel and keeps every possibility of holding Obama accountable at bay. But the Senate in GOP hands can, and likely will, open a slew of investigations that have been locked in the House or stymied outright up to now. For Obama, facing a House Oversight Committee investigation into the IRS scandal is one thing. Facing investigations in both the House and Senate, and the probability of select committees investigating various things, with John McCain and a newly empowered Ted Cruz and Mike Lee baying at him, is another thing entirely.

The Senate can impeach.* I don’t expect that to actually happen, but the threat alone is bracing. As long as Harry Reid controlled the Senate, there was no threat at all.

Now, with polls showing the Democrats’ Senate majority in major trouble, Barack Obama is lawyering up.

President Obama on Monday said he has selected W. Neil Eggleston to become chief counsel, adding the expertise of a veteran attorney who was involved in some of the most heated legal battles of the Clinton administration.

Eggleston, a white-collar defender who is now at Kirkland & Ellis, will replace departing White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler in mid-May.

“Neil brings extraordinary expertise, credentials, and experience, to our team,” Obama said in a statement. “He has a passion for public service, is renowned for his conscientiousness and foresight, and I look forward to working closely with him in the coming years.”

And, he helped defend scandal-scarred Bill Clinton.

Obama’s departing counsel may also find herself under investigation.

When an IRS audit found that the tax collection agency had been targeting conservative political groups, it was Ruemmler’s decision not to tell the president about the findings, in an attempt to shield Obama from charges he interfered in the investigation.

She also advised the president to resist congressional demands to release draft talking points following last year’s attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, infuriating congressional Republicans.

*Some quibbling in comments over this sentence. The House files charges and conducts impeachment trials, but the Senate votes whether to convict or not. If the Senate convicts, removal from office is automatic. So it’s the Senate that is essentially the jury and does the removing. I don’t see any of this happening during Obama’s last two years in office, but the fact has been that Reid’s control of the Senate has allowed Obama to get away with an awful lot.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Control of two houses and (tentatively, if at all) of the Supreme Court allows for ACTION upon findings.

An "investigation" is useless if it is stonewalled, has no teeth, cannot be acted upon and won't seek redress.

Frankly, a special prosecutor and an independent investigator should be assigned for a myriad of lawless acts of retribution against citizens, a shredding of the Constitution, and coverups that make Watergate look like a Girl Scout cookie sale.

Independent counsel will show just how deeply Obama and this cabal need to "lawyer up". Taking the Senate is imperative. Taking A FIRM, RESOLUTE AND COMPLETE ACTION to root out the tyranny, treason and totalitarian sedition, retribution, and criminal conspiracy is even more imperative.

The person(s) chosen will be slandered...worse than Ken Starr. The fury and froth that the necessary acts engender will be a massive rage, with epithets of racism at every turn. It won't be pretty.

Every document will be stonewalled or shredded. The trail will go cold as the media conspires to destroy evidence. If the GOP shrinks at the sound and the fury...it will indeed, in the end...signify nothing.
26 weeks ago
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I've said this before and I'll say it again. Obama will not be impeached.

There is absolutely no way that the current GOP party leaders will ever impeach the first black president.
26 weeks ago
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The House impeaches; both Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton were impeached. What happens in the Senate is the trial.

Sadly, even a GOP-majority Senate couldn't bring itself to convict a prove perjuror of... perjury, much less suborning perjury and abuse of power.

I don't have high expectations in 2015 if Weepy and Mush are still in charge.
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25 weeks ago
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If the Republic is to be preserved we must root out Obammy and his cabal of assistants, including Eric "my people" Holder. Republicans should not be afraid of their "blackness" but should be more fearful of their lack of ethics and morality.
26 weeks ago
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Eric Holder and Hilarious Clinton, on the other hand, should go to jail, should not pass GO, and should pay today's equivalent of $200 based on the change in the value of $1 since Monopoly was created!!
26 weeks ago
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really nice to see that B.O. is looking at the legal problems for himself. Bet he is getting ready to throw a lot of people under the bus to protect his sorry buttocks.

Wonder if he is going to comment that he knew nothing about anything, and only got this information from the media the same as other people.
26 weeks ago
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Forgive me if I fail to get all giddy at the thought of McConnell controlling the senate. Do you honestly think anything would change? Please. McConnell's on the gravy train being driven by the left. He wouldn't benefit by applying the brakes.
26 weeks ago
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Mr. Preston, there really is no "quibbling" over the impeachment line. That line is 100% wrong. The act of impeachment is *not* the removal from office. An impeachment is the equivalent of an indictment, and the power of impeachment lies SOLELY in the House of Representatives.

Once impeached (indicted), the Senate then presides over the trial, and if found guilty of "treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors" by 2/3rds of the members of the Senate, the impeached shall be removed from office (and can be banned from ever holding office in the future).

You would have been better served to simply correct the error rather than obfuscate an obvious error.
26 weeks ago
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The point remains that with the Democrats currently dominating the Senate, the odds of the Senate removing Obama from office are negligible. Sure, the Republican Senators could conceivably concoct some kind of hugely compelling argument that wins over even Democrats but what do you think the odds of that are?

Even if the Republicans take the Senate but get less than 67 seats, they'll still have to convince some Democrats to go along with a vote to remove Obama. Could it happen? Maybe, if the groundswell was big enough and a few Democrats feared for their re-election sufficiently to desert their Party for this vote but I'm not holding my breath that enough Democrats will jump that way....
26 weeks ago
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It won't matter because the House will NOT impeach Obama in the first place. They are busy trying to get amnesty passed because they think it will bring in Latino votes. There is no way they will impeach Obama, the first black president, because they think it will further enshrine the black vote to Democrats.
26 weeks ago
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The black vote is already totally owned by the Democrats. The Blacks are that easily led.
26 weeks ago
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Neah.
More like the Chamber of Commerce is paying them.
26 weeks ago
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"You would have been better served to simply correct the error rather than obfuscate an obvious error."

He doesn't admit wrong. He just doesn't. I really used to enjoy him, but over the months it's become clear that he's really not well educated, and he's really not very mature.



26 weeks ago
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let the dictator face the congress over his lawlessness and his disdain for the Constitution and the violation of his oath of office.
26 weeks ago
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BWAHAHAHA!!! Even of they do take the Senate, the GOP will find a way to lose.
26 weeks ago
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why would co-conspirators make the boss's life more difficult. The only thing that will change if big government rino's replace big-government marxists is the fake titles for the parties running the con games.
26 weeks ago
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"*Some quibbling in comments over this sentence. The House files charges and conducts impeachment trials, but the Senate votes whether to convict or not. "

The impeachment is the indictment, and so only the House can impeach. The trial is a separate matter and is not impeachment.

Regardless, I can't wait for those Senate select committees to form.
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