House Judiciary Committee Fantasizes About Impeaching President Obama
They held a hearing Tuesday to discuss impeaching President Obama, but for some reason felt hesitant about using the “i” word.
The Washington Post‘s Dana Milbank noted the GOP’s equivocations.
Rep. Steve King (R-IA) said that “impeachment” is “the word that we don’t like to say in this committee, and I’m not about to utter here in this particular hearing.”
But the Republicans were given an opening when a witness, Georgetown law professor Nicholas Rosenkranz, told the lawmakers that they should not “be hesitant to speak the word in this room.”
Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX), who’s previously lamented the lack of impeachment fever in the Senate and who may or may not be a birther, wondered what recourse House Republicans may have.
“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?” Farenthold said, as quoted by Milbank.
Here are some of the “offenses” Republicans are claiming.
Examples included bombing Libya without congressional authorization; delaying implementation of some provisions of Obamacare; waiving immigration restrictions to enable children of illegal immigrants to remain in the United States; easing federal drug enforcement in states that have legalized the medicinal or recreational use of marijuana; ending mandatory-minimum prison sentences for some drug offenses; and permitting the Internal Revenue Service to scrutinize conservative organizations’ applications for non-profit, tax-exempt status.