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White House aide: Obama could be impeached

White House aide Dan Pfieffer says Obama could be impeached by Republican Congress
White House aide Dan Pfieffer says Obama could be impeached by Republican Congress
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Obama could be impeached, USA Today reports White House aide Dan Pfeiffer as saying today at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor. Pfieffer mentioned the Speaker of the House, John Boehner, going forward with a lawsuit against President Obama that he says has “opened the door” to the impeachment of the president. Many Republicans leaders, including the 2008 candidate for vice president and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, have called for Republicans in Congress to impeach Barack Obama.

"Impeachment is a very serious thing that has been bandied about by the recent Republican vice presidential nominee and others in a very un-serious way," Pfieffer said, "We take it very seriously and I don't think it would be a good thing." Pfieffer also claimed that “no one has alleged anything that is even six universes from what is generally considered (impeachable).”

Many Republicans disagree with that statement, including Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who published a list of what he believes are 76 impeachable offenses by President Obama. Palin outlined her case for Obama's impeachment in an article published by Breitbart News. Also, former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy also drafted and published seven articles of impeachment against Obama.

USA Today quotes a spokesman for Boehner, Michael Steel, as dismissing the Pfieffer comments as “a fundraising exercise for Democrats.” Steel said, "We have a humanitarian crisis at our border, and the White House is making matters worse with inattention and mixed signals. It is telling, and sad, that a senior White House official is focused on political games, rather than helping these kids and securing the border."

The plan to sue the Obama is apparently for Boehner and some members of Congress an alternative to making a push to impeach President Obama. Some Republicans see an impeachment of Obama being political divisive and risky for Republicans, as they believe was the impeachment of President Bill Clinton in the late 1990s, and are seeking other ways to hold the president accountable.

“Boehner has chosen a less drastic approach with a plan to sue Obama over his decision to delay enforcement of a provision in the Affordable Care Act requiring employers to provide health insurance. That plan passed the House Rules Committee Thursday, clearing the way for a vote on the House floor,” USA Today reported.