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Posted on 07/25/2014 7:10:57 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Senior White House advisers are taking very seriously the possibility that Republicans in Congress will try to impeach President Obama, especially if he takes executive action to slow deportations.
Dan Pfeiffer, a senior adviser to Obama, said Friday that the White House is taking the prospect of impeachment in the GOP-controlled House more seriously than many others in Washington, who see it as unlikely.
Pfeiffer noted that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who has a large following among Tea Party conservatives, has called for Obamas impeachment and a large block of the GOPs base favors it.
I saw a poll today that had a huge portion of the Republican Party base saying they supported impeaching the president. A lot of people in this town laugh that off. I would not discount that possibility, he told reporters Friday at a breakfast sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor.
Pfeiffer said Speaker John Boehners (R-Ohio) decision to file a lawsuit against Obama over his use of executive actions increased the chance of impeachment proceedings in the future.
He said that possibility could become more likely if Obama takes executive action to halt the deportations of illegal immigrants who have strong ties to the United States, such as those who have family members who are U.S. citizens.
I think Speaker Boehner, by going down the path of this lawsuit, has opened the door to Republicans possibly considering impeachment at some point in the future, he said.
Palin wrote an op-ed for Breitbart earlier this month calling for Obamas impeachment because of his handling of the surge of unaccompanied minors from Central America on the Texas border, calling it the last straw that makes the battered wife say no mas.
She has also criticized Boehners lawsuit as a weak move.
Boehner has pushed back against pressure from Palin and other conservatives.
I disagree, he told reporters this month.
A poll by CNN/ORC International released Friday shows a majority of the U.S. public say Obama should not be impeached.
Two-thirds of the surveys respondents said they opposed impeachment, while 35 percent endorsed it.
But nearly 60 percent of Republicans said they would support impeachment proceedings against Obama. More than a third of independents, and 13 percent of Democrats also want to see Obama impeached.
The House, then controlled by Republicans, impeached former President Bill Clinton in 1998, but the GOP-controlled Senate acquitted him in 1999.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who at the time was a member of the House and served as a prosecutor in Clintons impeachment trial, warned this summer that there would be calls for impeachment if Obama released more prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay prison camp without first informing Congress.
Obama has dismissed the impeachment talk as lacking merit.
You hear some of them: Sue him! Impeach him! Obama said in Austin, Texas, recently. Really? For what, doing my job?
Conservatives in Congress, however, have become increasingly agitated by what they say is the presidents Obama failure to follow the law.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said Obamas executive order to defer the deportations of illegal immigrants who came to the country at a young age spawned the Texas border crisis. He argues it is part of a broader pattern.
Cruz released a report in May that listed 76 examples of what he called Obamas lawless acts.
The pattern of lawlessness by this Administration should concern every citizen, regardless of party or ideology, Cruz said. Rule of law means that we are a nation ruled by laws, not men.
Impeachment is their only hope..... It allows the White House racists to claim they are being attacked by the repubbies.
I’d rather criminally charge and convict Obama after he leaves office. Impeachment would just drag on till the end of his presidency anyway.
They are not taking it seriously. The are trying to make it an election issue.
This fits the democrats game plan ( those racist Republicans). The money obama is running around stuffing in the Democrat coffers won’t hurt either.
2014 is a very important election. We must take the Senate.
I am definitely AGAINST impeachment. I would rather watch the imp twist in the wind for two more years along with the enablers of his psycho party. Let this nation get it’s fill socialism, nothing will bring them to the right faster.
Yes, I know. They’ve got Speaker Boehner and Leader McConnell’s numbers.
There you go- zactly right. They seem awfully uptight and all in for for manufacturing more chaos and to keep it coming, even if they have to make it up as they go.
“The enemy properly goaded and guided in his reaction will be your major strength.”
He can’t leave office fast enough for me.Once he does I hope he’s shunned by everyone and treated like a pariah.
Impeachment would just drag on till the end of his presidency anyway.
I agree. The GOP need to focus on defeating Obama by trying to reverse the damage created by this traitor through dismantling Obamacare. Sometimes I think Obama is daring them to start impeachment proceedings.
I just think we have a better chance of seeing him convicted outside the political arena than within it.
Its why we see all the slow walking and foot dragging on the IRS, VA, Fast and Furious etc. They’re just trying to last to the end of Obama’s term and the republicans will let it all drop.
Democrats can use the specter of impeachment to whip up their base and their donors for this election cycle, but things are moving in that direction.
Just a 15% shift in the support for impeachment which the Christian Science Monitor currently reports, would put a majority of the public in favor of impeachment. Some of those not currently in favor might think it justified, but just think it won’t work right now.
If the senate turns over to the Republicans in November, that will further increase the feasibility of impeachment (even though 2/3 is needed to convict).
Finally, scandal could erupt, and the White House staff has mighty guilty consciences - they are constantly scrambling to cover-up misconduct, and never know when they will get caught red-handed.
Muslim Obama has loosed the Muslim GITMO FIVE, and like clockwork, ISIS and Hamas have obeyed their GITMO FIVE cell phone orders from Qatar, almost immediately!
Muslim Obama is helping Hamas and ISIS win by bleeding Israel and the USA dry.
Israel and the USA have lots of toys of War to play Obamas favorite game of Whack-a-Mole, but Hamas and ISIS have many, many more people.
Where is the Obama failure in the Middle East?
Obama is a Muslim, and the Muslims in the Middle East are WINNING!
How can that be a failure for Muslim Obama?
Muslim Obama last year abandoned former Ally Iraq to the Our Goal is 72 Muslims.
Certainly that act of betrayal to a former ally must count for something on the Muslim Street!
Muslim Obama promises to abandon present Ally Afghanistan just as soon as he raises enough money from Democrat Oligarchs to insure victory for the Candidates in Mormon Reids Personal Senate.
Speaker Blank Check Boehner keeps Obama in power by not Impeaching Obama.
Reid shuts down the Muslim Obama Government, (MOG), anytime that Boehner refuses to write Obama a Blank Check.
It is a perfect storm of Muslim Win-Win on both sides of The Pond!
Muslim Obama is happy enough to play hooky from his day job to raise Campaign money for Mormon Reids Senate Candidates.
Well, to be fair, Obamas attempts to promote the Muslim Brotherhood did take a minor setback in Egypt, but ISIS has more than compensated for that temporary Muslim speed bump.
Hear ye, hear ye! Obama is in charge, and the Muslims are on the FORWARD RUN! ( To paraphrase a pre-Benghazi Democrat Campaign slogan from 2012).
Iranian-born Muslim Valerie Jarrett, is probably shopping right now for her fashion statement: yup, a Red White and Blue Burka!
When Obama promises that he will send in no US Forces, the Our Goal is 72 Muslims ALWAYS believe Obama, because Obama is a Muslim, and the number 72 has something to do with bringing sexual harm to young, innocent girls.
When Muslim Obama speaks to his Muslims, the lights go out in Christendom, - - - all over the Middle East.
The Democrats Left Stream Media are speechless, in awe of the raw power of Obamanation.
The Muslims in the Middle East seek Sharia Law, and Obama seeks Michelle-Jarrett Law.
The way things are going so smoothly now, the Muslims on both sides of The Pond will achieve their goals very, very soon.
BTW; will Speaker Blank Check Boehner have to convert to being an official Muslim, or will he just have to pay a tax?
Probably the latter, as Boehner can just write another Blank Check - - - - .
Anything they say, the opposite is always true.
I think it goes a bit further than just dangling the race card out there. An impeachment provides the press something to chew endlessly on, while in the shadows Zero and crew keep on dancing. Maybe it’s better to keep the air clear so we can see through those shadows.
Way too late and it would carry on past 2016 which would do no good. Hold off and then bring criminal charges for his disobedience to the law and charge him with treason or something.
Impeach him now, When they take control of the senate try him as a traitor. Bring his birth certificate finally as his rope.
Would they finally act if he said that the next election won't be necessary?
Na , it’s never let a Crises go to waste time
Yesterday, Bob Beckel brought impeachment up and dangling it on The 5 several times. None of the other panelists took the bait.
The party line is to shelter in place, be calm and stay patient until 2016!
Also, you kinda sound like a Birther.
Why don’t you go ahead and ask me if I think his wife is a tranny too, lol.
I suspect that, to many people, “impeachment” implies removal from office which is which is what the late President Nixon was faced with.
But impeachment from office is a two stage process, the decision to remove somebody impeached by House from office solely up to the Senate.
In fact, all that Bill Clinton did when he was impeached by the House was to silently laugh at the House because he knew that the Senate would not remove him from office.
And just as with Clinton, Harry Reid is likewise not going to permit the Senate to remove Obama from office if impeached by the House. So the only reason that I think Obama is concerned about impeachment is use the situation as a stunt to make the RINO-controlled House look bad in the eyes of low-information voters who probably don’t know what is going on.
Just cut off the money. Everywhere that matters to him and his fellow communists.
Gonna put 100,000 new illegals on Medicaid? Freeze program funding.
Same with EVERY transfer payment to the poor.
Eliminate EPA and IRS funding. Eliminate Ed funding.
Shut the whole damn thing down.
Make that b!tch cry Uncle.
Besides it makes such a great fund-raising argument.....
The Representatives are there to legislate and have the sole power to impeach, but it is not required that they do so even in the egregious conduct of this president. He wants to be impeached - he is egging them on every way he can. The President is failing to perform his duties in enforcing the law, and we can all argue forever about whether he personally has broken the law - but to say this “procedure to prevent future breaking of the law” would be effective is only hoping for the ideal. Clinton was impeached for clear breaking of the law - he committed perjury. The Senate refused to convict and remove from office, and in the long run the Republicans were portrayed as the villains.
We can’t fall into the trap they so long for - they want so much for Obama to be impeached so that will become the main event people watch instead of the failure of his policies. The track record for impeachment of a President is not good. Need to find a clear case of breaking the law - not ignoring their duties or stretching the limits of the authority they have. Probably best to start with lower level officers (Lois Lerner would have been good, but she already removed herself from office) - “Fast and Furious” could be the model of laws broken - and impeach someone in the DOJ up to Eric Holder. Let the Senate fail to convict and remove and see if there is fallout.
In an ideal world people of honor would be serving in the Senate and would stand up for the right - but we are not in an ideal world. We can’t let ourselves be manipulated by Zero and his puppeteers. The current Senate wouldn’t convict any Democrat of anything, no matter what the evidence. After the November election, if there is a huge shift in the Senate - we will still be short of 2/3 necessary to convict, but a large enough loss could be enough to persuade some D’s that they would rather hang onto their job than further the work of a lame duck.
You’re all wrong, we need to impeach him now. When he doubles down as is his style, then we need to go after him and the senate big time. The senate needs to start feeling the pressure, not the house of representatives.
Obama would love to be impeached.
Obama wants to be impeached but before the 2014 elections. He is trying his damndest to make this happen. He would never be convicted in Harry Reid’s Senate and at the same time take the spotlight off his many dismal failures and acts of lawlessness. If we impeach him it must be after the elections in November.
And he deserves it, then why not. Give it to him, can’t think of a president in my lifetime that deserves it more than him, and I can’t stand any presidents since Reagan.
Pfeiffer - Brer Rabbit - Briar patch
Under the Constitution it takes 2/3 of the Senate to agree to remove somebody from office who has been impeached by the House. So unless patriots and former Obama supporters can organize to make sure that there will be enough senators who are willing to kick Obama out of office if the House impeaches him after the 2014 elections, then impeachment is a waste of the Houses's time even after 2014 imo.
Patriots should have been working on such a project since the 2010 elections.
Exactly. “This is a lynching!”
They are trying to motivate their base (very base) voters who only operate out of fear, anger, and payola.
Team Obama is begging not to be thrown into the briar patch.
Impeachment would be morally right, totally justified, and a strategic blunder of the highest order. No way those worthless scum in the Senate would see him removed.
Impeachment is for Presidents. We don’t have one right now. The fundraising, golfing clown in chief has no shame and impeachment would just be something to keep him afloat until his term ends.
He deserves mockery, scorn and laughter. The only thing he fears is being seen for the lightweight grifter that he is, and the public at large is at long last starting to see the emperor’s clothes they marvelled at don’t exist. Let him dangle without the life preserver that impeachment would throw him.
Don’t be so sure.
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