The “impeach Obama” movement is ramping up. One week after former judge and Fox News legal analyst Jeanine Pirro called for impeachment of Obama over such gross failings as the alleged cover-up of the Benghazi terrorist attack and the swap of five high-ranking Taliban detainees for the accused deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, Republican Rep. Lou Barletta jumped into the fray with strong words against the President.
Barletta said on Monday that if an impeachment vote were presented to the House of Representatives, Obama “probably” would lose.
“He’s just absolutely ignoring the Constitution, and ignoring the laws and ignoring the checks and balances,” the Pennsylvania lawmaker told News Radio 910 WSBA. “Could that pass the House? Probably. Would the Senate ever convict? Certainly not.”
Barletta made his comments this week on the Gary Sutton radio show. “The problem is, 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. Is the majority of the American people in favor of impeaching the president? I’m not sure about that.”
The context of the discussion, as captured by Buzz Feed and uploaded to YouTube, was a conversation on illegal immigration. Sutton accused the president of not “faithfully executing the laws of this country.”
The House Homeland Security Committee member has emerged as a tough voice on immigration, and Sutton led into Barletta’s remarks by saying some in Washington suggest that “immigration and illegal immigration are the same thing.” Barletta joined a group of Republicans last year in speaking out against the immigration bill that passed the Senate.
The Washington Post called Barletta the “latest in a long line of congressional Republicans to float the ‘I’ word,” and gave a breakdown on the numbers: The House is comprised of 233 Republicans and 199 Democrats, with a simple majority – 217 votes – required to impeach. Republicans hold the advantage in the House Judiciary Committee as well, which would have to pass the measure before presenting it to the floor.
It’s the Senate where the act to impeach would die. “There's just no way two-thirds of the Democratic-controlled Senate would follow through and actually remove him from office,” writes the Post.
After some strong backlash, Tim Murtaugh, Congressman Barletta’s director of communications, contacted The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader and advised that Barletta is not formally advocating a position to impeach the president.