WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Could the House of Representatives impeach President Barack Obama? One Republican lawmaker believes they would have the votes to do so.
Speaking to “The Gary Sutton Show” on Newsradio 910 WSBA, Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., believes the House “probably” has the votes to impeach Obama.
“He’s just absolutely ignoring the Constitution, and ignoring the laws, and ignoring the checks and balances. The problem is, you know, what do you do? For those that say impeach him for breaking the laws or bypassing the laws, could that pass in the House? It probably could,” Barletta said. “Is the majority of the American people in favor of impeaching the president? I’m not sure about that.”
Tim Murtaugh, the congressman’s director of communications, told The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader that Barletta is not advocating the House vote to impeach the president.
Barletta’s “full answer is this: ‘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,’” Murtaugh told The Times Leader. “He is not advocating or proposing it.”
The Democratic National Committee said in a statement that Republicans are just playing politics.
“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,” Ian Sams, the DNC’s regional press secretary, said in a statement to The Times Leader. “Republicans in the House are clearly committed to playing politics and relying on outrageous rhetoric instead of doing the job they were elected to do – standing up for the interests of the American people.”
Earlier this month, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told The Hill that Republicans would call for Obama’s impeachment if more Guantanamo Bay detainees were released without Congress’ approval, following the White House releasing five high-level Taliban members for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
“It’s going to be impossible for them to flow prisoners out of Gitmo now without a huge backlash,” Graham told The Hill. “There will be people on our side calling for his impeachment if he did that.”