GOP Lawmaker on Obama: “You got to go up there, and you just impeach him”

On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary met to consider the impeachment of Barack Hussein Obama just because.

The Washington Post reports, “They didn’t use that word, of course. Republican leaders frown on such labeling because it makes the House majority look, well, crazy. ”

It is, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said, “the word that we don’t like to say in this committee, and I’m not about to utter here in this particular hearing.”

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A few examples courtesy of Dana Millank via Washpo:

One of the majority’s witnesses, Georgetown law professor Nicholas Rosenkranz, encouraged the Republicans not to be so shy. “I don’t think you should be hesitant to speak the word in this room,” he said. “A check on executive lawlessness is impeachment.”

This gave the lawmakers courage. “I’m often asked this,” said Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) “You got to go up there, and you just impeach him.”

Wait a second here. Don’t you need Articles of Impeachment first? Not in GOP land. You can just impeach that Kenyan usurper out of office!

Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Tex.), who has said there are enough votes in the House to impeach Obama, added: “We’ve also talked about the I-word, impeachment, which I don’t think would get past the Senate in the current climate. .?.?. Is there anything else we can do?”

The Republicans in the House know there is no chance of throwing this president from office. Yet at least 13 of the 22 Republicans on the panel have threatened or hinted at impeachment of Obama, his appointees or his allies in Congress. They’ve proposed this as the remedy to just about every dispute or political disagreement, from Syria to Obamacare.


At Tuesday’s hearing, the committee chairman, Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), accused Obama of “picking and choosing which laws to enforce” and of being “the first president since Richard Nixon to ignore a duly enacted law simply because he disagrees with it.”

Contributed Smith: “The president has ignored laws, failed to enforce laws, undermined laws and changed laws, all contrary to the Constitution.”

The majority’s witnesses added to the accusations. George Washington University’s Jonathan Turley said Obama had “claimed the right of the king to essentially stand above the law.”

This excited Franks, who embraced impeachment back in 2011. Obama’s actions, he said, “could be considered royal prerogatives, which is, if my history’s right, what we had that little unpleasantness with Great Britain about.”

Yikes! Why bother with impeachment? They need a revolution.

(my bold)

In Milbank’s article he offers a list of Republicans who have used the ‘I word’ in order to rid them of our twice elected President.

Sen. Jim Inhofe once aid Obama could be impeached over the attack on Americans in Benghazi, Libya. Have you noticed Republicans stopped talking about Benghazi lately? I wonder why that is.

  • alan carter

    Two words – KOOK-KOOK

  • Lib_IN_YOUR_FACE

    2014.

  • mea_mark

    If the sane people of this country will get out there and vote in 2014, this will no longer be an issue in 2015.

    • BIGFLASH

      The insanity will still continue with the likes of Bachman & Palin and Fox Entertainment.

  • Velita Waddell

    Ignorance . They should study the laws.

  • Hank

    I am not in favor of impeachment. But they certainly tried to impeach President Clinton on a heck of a lot less.

    • Barry Roope

      President Clinton was impeached for Perjury, President Obama has not done anything that the Congress did not vote into law, the Affordable care Act, that Republicans pretend to know about and hate, was in fact passed by the House of Reps, the Senate, and then signed into law by the President, and then finally upheld as Constitutional by the Supreme Court, what part of this should impeachment hearings be based on?

      • Coinspinner

        Clinton was impeached because the GOP is outright insane.

        • Hank

          Uhhhh….I hate to disappoint you but President Clinton was not impeached. But they “attempted” to impeach him for lying under oath. And I didn’t agree with their actions then nor now.

          • mjw1952

            No actually, impeachment is the trial. He was declared not guilty by the senate.

          • Hank

            I stand corrected. Thank you. But I think it’s close to a semantic argument. Bottom line, he was not found guilty and not impeached. A decision I agree with.

          • BIGFLASH

            That is only because they stopped due to the fact he was leaving office. Clinton lied and got caught. Cool he got a BJ in the oval office!! Wonder if Kennedy did too.

          • Kirsten Landon

            The law is not Hank’s strong suit. He was impeached. Impeachment does not mean automatic removal from the presidency. Sorry to disappoint you.

    • Mark Denton

      And Nancy Pelosi blocked the incoming Democratic House Majority in 2007 from moving forward with Impeachment proceedings based A LOT MORE! Just on the findings of the 9/11 Commission and the realization by every American with a brain that we were sold a WMD fabrication in Iraq that resulted in over a Trillion dollars in debt and hundreds of thousands of lives lost, including over 5,000 Americans. But she refused and stated “it was time to move forward.”

      Imagine if the Dems used GOP logic, than we’d have Impeached Bush for the original Fast & Furious, Operation Wide Receiver, the Mexican gun running program started in 2006…We’d have Impeached Bush for the attacks on 11 US Embassies on his watch, attacks that resulted in over 100 deaths. We’d have impeached him for directing the IRS in 2005 to “investigate” “Liberal” churches and organizations like All Saints Church and the NAACP.

      • Hank

        Well….in my opinion, standing in front of America and lying, over and over and over, to get a bill passed that would have never passed had the truth been told is an impeachable offense.

        But I still don’t want to see the country go through the turmoil of an impeachment process. I’m staking my hopes on majorities being gained in both houses to help mitigate any further damage this totally unqualified man can do to this country. Deal with his three years as a impotent figure head and move forward.

        • Coinspinner

          “Gaining majorities in both houses.” Cripes where do they find people like you? The youth, gays, women, Latinos, blacks, marijuana-law reformers, SS-dependent seniors, and 10 other major groups despise your side.

          • Hank

            Well….since I suspect neither or us are certified to foretell the future, we shall see what we shall see.

        • mjw1952

          Well we don’t really care what you think. You see we have a document called the US Constitution, and states reasons for impeachment. But look, lying is not there. If it was we would have impeached Bush for lying about WMD’s.The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.ARTICLE II, SECTION 4

          • Hank

            You may be right. But I wouldn’t be too sure a case could not be made. His actions WERE pretty egregious.

            Nonetheless, I care more for my country than I dislike this President. I don’t want to see the country go through the chaos of the impeachment process therefore I am very hopeful any further damage he may do to this country can be mitigated by Republican majorities in both houses after the 2014 elections.

  • Mister_Mean

    I think that it is time to investigate members of congress for treason. King of Iowa is a nut case as is Louie Goement and Michelle Bachmann. They need to be in prison.

  • Michael Kennedy

    Please somebody, anybody make a list of impeachable offences committed, We’re waiting. You know this is all a waste of time. The Senate will never put him on trial.

  • Mark Denton

    Apparently Jonathan Turley is an equal opportunity Impeachment ranter! He was at the forefront of demanding criminal prosecution of Bush and members of his administration in 2005 and 2006.

    • Joe Golonka

      Bush and his administration actually committed multiple impeachable offenses. That is something quite different than the pathetic delusions of the current ideologically obsessed and pathetically irrational teabag Congressional factions.

      • Hank

        Only in the minds of the deluded left.

        • Coinspinner

          Hey Hank, your side impeached over a dress stain. Bwahahahaha you clowns.

          • Hank

            I have no side when it comes to ignorance. I thought the actions against President Clinton were wrong.

            Probably just because he’s white though?? Right??

          • Larry Harris

            Not a racial thing. The common denominator is party, not race.

        • Alex

          Hank,
          I think Fox Entertainment is on better hurry so you don’t miss any of there factual reporting. You Sir are delusional.

          • Hank

            At least my delusion doesn’t include not knowing the difference between their, there and they’re.

        • Mark Schmidt

          Hank,you are an asshole. Bush is LUCKY he is not in prison right now, and he and Cheney are war criminals in several other countries….Bush does not dare to go to Canada. Fuck you, Hank and all your friends.

  • Coinspinner

    The GOP will impeach over a dress stain, they have zero shame.

    • Ellen Signorino

      You’re an idiot!!!!

      • Bjbutterfli Hayhurst

        Ellen, you forgot the caps. Go back to Fox OK

    • Sapphire Possible

      Is this the same dress stain “scrutiny” that allowed the warning signs of 911 attacks to be ignored? Maybe the GOP should be tried for treason.

  • jimmylightfoot

    easier to convict a congressman of Treason than to impeach the president.See? We the People have been kicking a word @, also except it begins with a T not an I. Good luck with that impeachment. You’re going to need it and a good defense lawyer. Treason is a serious charge.

  • tiredoftea

    When you have to keep changing the topic, impeachment is a pretty good “shiny thing” to put in front of your base of rabid fans. Otherwise, they might notice that the ACA is getting popular among their constitutuents and, at some point, they’ll actually realize it’s the dreaded Obamacare!

  • Robert Speed

    Jonathon Turley “What was also curious was Milbank’s quote of my testimony. He stated “[t]he majority’s witnesses added to the accusations. George Washington University’s Jonathan Turley said Obama had ‘claimed the right of the king to essentially stand above the law.’” What is missing is that I was discussing the controversy involving James I and expressly said that I was not suggesting that Obama was acting as a King. Rather, I was discussing the so-called “royal prerogative” to stand above the law and how that general controversy motivated the Framers some 150 years later to include the “Take Care” clause. This was later referred to as a “dispensing power” in the context of presidential excesses. This was also part of my written testimony posted earlier. In fairness of Milbank, I was indeed arguing that President Obama had violated the Take Care Clause and was placing himself above the law in these instances. However, in the midst of the impeachment focus of the piece, it seemed to suggest that I was calling for impeachment.” http://jonathanturley.org/2013/12/04/a-different-hearing-or-different-elephant-washington-post-portrays-republicans-at-presidential-abuse-hearing-as-impeachment-obsessed/

  • Charmie91752

    oh….my…..gawd.

  • SheltieJim

    Wow! What a well thought out, well articulated comment. I’m sure you’ve persuaded many people with your intricate attention to detail and logic.

    • Ellen Signorino

      Oops…..I commented on the wrong one, my bad! Besides that bjbutterfli Haywurst, you’re not the 1st to use the the silly little comeback of telling people to “Go back to Fox” YAWN!!!!! There’s your caps, OK

  • Kenny

    You can’t impeach the President for being black.

    • Sharon

      WELL, you might as WELL, given the nonsense that THEY’RE TALKING. =P Heh. =P I dunno about these Republicans. =P Heh. =P “OHH WE DON’T LIKE OBAMA – LET’S IMPEACH HIM, JUST BECAUSE WE DON’T LIKE HIM!!!!!” =P THAT seems to be what this is about, to me. =P Heh. =P

  • Kirsten Landon

    Michael, I’ve asked the same question many, many times: “Stop saying he’s committed a dozen impeachable acts. Why don’t you give me a list?” I’m still waiting…

  • Sapphire Possible

    The eye-word will fizzle out just like everything other trap door thrown in from of President Obama. Everybody with common sense can see right through it.

  • vetch

    I laugh when I read comments by locals to my representatives in support of impeachment… brilliant folks with pitchforks yelling “Empeach!” I guess they think he’d make a great peach cobbler? (Education is not high on their list of priorities.)

    • majii

      ROTFLMBO, vetch! I see the same thing here in GA. It makes reading the LTEs and opinion pages a very vexing task because none of the writers have any idea what an actual impeachable offense is. A guy wrote a LTE the other day with the title, “To Impeach or Not to Impeach?” Nothing in the letter offered anything claim which would be an impeachable offense. It was filled with Fox News and right-wing radio talking points. The stupidity and ignorance of these individuals pisses me off.

      • vetch

        I used to get angry, but now, it’s just pathetic. One Bible thumper screamed hatred and called for impeachment, but when I called her on her hypocrisy, she threw OT Bible verses at an agnostic that knows her Bible better than she. She added, “want more Bible quotes?” I countered with the opposite – gentle words from the red letter edition. Threw her into a hysterical rant full of misspellings, either no punctuation or lots of !!!!!’s and no content whatsoever. I smiled and knew my work was done. They only hear and remember talking points that they think justifies their hatred and fear of anything they don’t understand.

  • nidur

    I think they have forgotten one thing. If Obama were forced to leave office who would be president? Joe Biden. I don’t think they like him either. In their magical world Romney would be president.

  • teapartyidiots

    I think they should do this. I mean it helped them a ton in 1998. ; )

  • Mark Schmidt

    These republicans should be in fucking prison. They do NOT belong in a decent country.