Calls For Impeachment Grows
By Robert Gehl on August 23, 2013
The number of lawmakers calling for President Obama’s impeachment increases every day.
During a town hall meeting in his home state of Oklahoma, Sen. Tom Coburn (R), was asked who was responsible for enforcing Obama’s Constitutional responsibilities, labeling the administration “lawless.”
“I think those are serious things, but we’re in serious times,” he said. “And I don’t have the legal background to know if that rises to ‘high crimes and misdemeanors,’ but I think you’re getting perilously close.
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“What you have to do is you have to establish the criteria that would qualify for proceedings against the president. And that’s called impeachment,” he said as some in the audience applauded.
Coburn’s echoes of impeachment come after numerous lawmakers, pundits and influential power-brokers have suggest impeaching Obama was on the table.
Just a few of the lawmakers who have mentioned the “I” word lately:
Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, Sen. Rand Paul, Sen. Jim Inhofe, Rep. Mo Brooks, Sen. Tim Scott, Rep. Steve King … the list goes on and on.
August is typically considered the “silly season” in national politics. Washington lawmakers take the whole month off, hold meetings in their respective states or districts and can sometimes espouse inflammatory, silly or even baseless rhetoric. The question is: Will the calls for impeachment survive Congress’ return to the District?
The Benghazi scandal, IRS’ scrutiny of Tea Party and non-profit groups, NSA wiretaps, Syria, the list goes on and on.
Speaking to Attorney General Eric Holder – who himself was found in Contempt of Congress – Sensenbrenner said: “If we don’t get to the bottom of this — and that requires your assistance on that — there is only one alternative that Congress has, and it is called impeachment.”