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White House fears impeachment threats - or is it just another political game?

President Barack Obama on the road on July 24, 2014.
Photo by David McNew/Getty Images

While many may be laughing off the threats of an impeachment of President Barack Obama, the White House is not taking the threat lightly, according to CBS News on Friday. As that loose talk of impeaching the president has swirled in recent times, one of President Obama’s top advisors says that it is no laughing matter and that Democrats should not be so quick to discount the opposition party’s call to impeach the president. According to presidential advisor Dan Pfeiffer, Republicans may be more eager to act on the threat than some people realize.

While speaking at a breakfast organized by the Christian Science Monitor, Pfeiffer said that he thinks a lot of people in Washington, D.C. are laughing off the notion that there could be an impeachment of Obama. He said that he would not discount that possibility as he believes Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner, via the lawsuit he is engaged in, has opened the door to Republicans possibly considering impeachment at some point in the future. Pfeiffer’s reference to the lawsuit involves the House Republicans’ preparing to file a lawsuit against Obama for what is alleged executive overreach.

Obama has been accused of exceeding his authority by unilaterally delaying portions of his health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act – also known as Obamacare. Additionally, there are more concerns by the opposition party and critics of the president besides his executive orders related to Obamacare. There are many who believe Obama has broken the law and gone beyond the limits of his authority be giving executive orders on the economy and on immigration.

Pfeiffer asserted that impeachment is a very serious thing that has been bandied about by the recent Republican vice presidential nominee – referring to former Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska – as well as others in a very un-serious way. Palin joined the impeachment caucus earlier this month. Pfeiffer believes it would be foolish to say Republicans would not consider impeachment. He believes that the irritation about Obama’s executive order overreach among Republicans is greatly exasperated over Obama’s executive orders immigration which is a hot topic throughout Washington, D.C. as well as throughout the country at this time.

Michael Steel, Boehner’s spokesman, believes that the advisor’s comments made on Friday have more to do with fundraising than anything else. Steel said that the nation has a humanitarian crisis at the nation’s border, and the White House is making matters worse with inattention and mixed signals. He said that the White House is focused on political games rather than helping these kids and securing the nation’s borders, according to ABC News.