“This whole talk about impeachment is coming from the president’s own staff, and coming from Democrats on Capitol Hill… We have no plans to impeach the president. We have no future plans…”
– House Speaker John Boehner, July 28, 2014
We’re well aware that Barack Obama has committed impeachable offenses. He has indeed abused the powers of the executive branch, nullified separation of powers, as well as having bypassed Congress and legislated from the Oval Office.
There has been a great deal of discussion regarding the fact that most of the talk of impeachment lately has come from Democrats and others on the left, rather than Republicans. Conservative pundits and Republican lawmakers have accused Democrats of doing so in an effort to distract, raise campaign funds, or to dissuade Republicans from reacting decisively to any unilateral actions Obama might take to “mitigate” the crisis on the southern border.
This week, columnist Charles Krauthammer said that while he believes the accusations that House Republicans want to impeach President Obama are a desperate “concoction,” he also indicated that should the President use executive action to pardon large numbers of illegal immigrants, it would be “the biggest domestic overreach of a president in memory; it would be an impeachable offense.”
“The Constitution authorizes the President to propose and veto legislation. It does not authorize him to change existing laws. The changes Mr. Obama ordered in Obamacare, therefore, are unconstitutional. This means that he does not accept some of the limitations that the Constitution places on his actions. We cannot know at this point what limitations, if any, he does accept.”
– Forbes, Nov. 19, 2013
While the controversial lawsuit House Republicans have brought against the President is focused on his having re-written provisions of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), there was no talk of impeachment tangential to this, nor was it touted as a precursor thereto.
The lawlessness of the President and the administration isn’t really a matter for debate; the question is how much of their criminality will be tolerated on the part of Congress and the American people.
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