GOP Congressman: House ‘Probably Could’ Impeach Obama
Pennsylvania Republican Lou Barletta said Monday that a measure to impeach President Obama “probably could” pass the House, although the American people might not be in favor of the move.
“You know, the problem is, you know, what do you do for those that say impeach him for breaking the laws or bypassing the laws?,” Congressman Barletta said on the Gary Sutton show.
“Could that pass in the House? It probably could. Is the majority of the American people in favor of impeaching the president? I’m not sure.”
“I don’t think so, but the point is you’re left in kind of political purgatory,” Sutton responded.
Congressman Barletta made the comments after Sutton brought up the issue of immigration, which has regained momentum since it was credited with toppling House Majority leader Eric Cantor last week. Republicans have accused President Obama of bypassing Congress by signing an executive order granting deferred action for so-called “Dreamers.” House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has said the Obama administration cannot “be trusted to enforce our laws.”
“We have a president that’s taken this to a new level,” Congressman Barletta told Sutton. “And it’s put us in a real position where he’s just absolutely ignoring the Constitution and ignoring the laws and ignoring the checks and balances.”
Congressman Barletta’s comments on impeachment were picked up by Democratic National Committee Regional Press Secretary Ian Sams, who sent a copy of the audio to the popular website Buzzfeed.
“So while Republicans are confident a political vote as outrageous and ill-founded as this could pass, let’s not forget all the commonsense initiatives they refuse to even bring up for a vote,” Sams wrote in his letter.
Barletta’s spokesman told the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader that the congressman was not calling for Obama’s impeachment, and that his “full answer” was “Could that pass the House? Probably. Would the Senate ever convict? Certainly not. There’s not the will nationally to remove the president, so would it be wise to pursue that? Or would it be harmful to the country? Surely the latter.’ He is not advocating or proposing it.”
Tim Murtaugh, Barletta’s director of communications, told the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader that the congressman was not advocating President Obama be impeached.