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House Has Votes to Impeach Obama, Says Rep. Blake Farenthold (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, told a town hall during the weekend in Luling, Texas, that the House of Representatives has enough votes to impeach President Barack Obama, but he did not say what the impeachment charges would be.

There have been several Republican town halls this summer in which Republican and Tea Party voters have told Congressmen to impeach Obama.

Farenthold tried to explain to his supporters why impeaching the president (for reasons unknown) ultimately will not work (video below).

"Here’s the issue," Farenthold said. "You tie into a question I get a lot: 'If everybody’s so unhappy with what the president’s done, why don’t you impeach him?' I’ll give you a real frank answer about that. If we were to impeach the president tomorrow, you could probably get the votes in the House of Representatives to do it. But it would go to the Senate and he wouldn’t be convicted ... What message do we send to America if we impeach Obama and he gets away with what he’s impeached for, is found innocent? What do we say then is okay?"

According to ThinkProgress.org, there are just a handful of Republicans who publicly support impeaching Obama, namely Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., Steve Stockman, R-Texas, Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, Trey Radel, R-Fla., Trent Franks, R-Ariz., Tim Walberg, R-Mich., Lamar Smith, R-Texas, Michael Burgess, R-Texas, Steve King, R-Iowa, and Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C.

Source: ThinkProgress.org