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MUSKOGEE, Okla. (CBSDC/AP) — Another Republican is talking about potentially impeaching President Barack Obama.

Following Rep. Kerry Bentivolio’s, R-Mich., comments that it would be a “dream come true” to seek Obama’s impeachment, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., said that the president is “getting perilously close” to the Constitutional standard of impeachment.

“I think there’s some intended violation of the law in this administration, but I also think there’s a ton of incompetence, of people who are making decisions,” Coburn told 300 people at the Muskogee Convention Center during Wednesday’s town hall meeting.

Coburn said during the town hall that the country is “at risk” under the Obama administration.

“If I were to assess where we as a country are today, I would say that the constitutional republic that we have is at risk,” Coburn said, adding that there is no visionary leadership in any party.

Coburn, who called Obama a “personal friend,” is documenting potential impeachable offenses.

“He’s in a difficult position he’s put himself in,” Coburn said. “And if it continues, I think we’re going to have another constitutional crisis in this country in terms of the presidency.”

Coburn has yet to face any backlash for his impeachment comments, but Bentivolio was criticized by Michigan’s Democratic Party chairman for his remarks.

“Rep. Bentivolio showed that he’d rather wage tired ideological political battles and give us more Washington dysfunction than do anything to create jobs or focus on Michigan’s middle class,” Lon Johnson, Michigan’s Democratic Party chairman, said in a statement. “Bentivolio can try to distract from what he said, but the fact remains that he’s been nothing more than a rubber stamp for an extreme agenda that favors the wealthy and well-connected over Michigan’s middle-class families.”

Bentivolio spokesman Matt Chisholm said the congressman “is focused on helping the middle class, which why is he supports the full repeal and defunding of Obamacare, because it is costing Michiganders fulltime jobs and making it more difficult for families to purchase health insurance.”

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