Although the idea of impeaching President Barack Obama has been mentioned often in right-wing media outlets and amongst the President’s more conservative constituents, the issue has not been seriously proposed by members of Congress.
Now, however, the idea has at least been mentioned in an official Congressional meeting.
In a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday, Republican representatives mentioned the possibility of what Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) referred to as the “I-word,” according to Talking Points Memo.
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) assured the rest of the members of the committee that they would not bring up the possibility unless they were certain that they wanted to consider going forward with the process, explaining that the “I-word” is “the word that we don’t like to say in this committee, and I’m not about to utter here in this particular hearings.”
The committee, however, spent the hearing questioning legal scholars as to the repercussions the President should face for crossing the boundaries of constitutional power without consulting the other branches of government. One law professor, Georgetown’s Nicholas Rosenkranz, said that the Congressmen should not “be hesitant to speak the word in this room.”
While the issues discussed in regards to Obama’s potential impeachment included boundary-crossing acts such as invading Libya without Congressional approval, one such act was “delaying implementation of some provisions of Obamacare,” The Columbus Dispatch reports.
It’s quite ironic that Republican lawmakers are seeking to punish the president for the delaying the same bill that they were attempting to stop during October’s government shutdown.
Rep. Robert Goodlatte (R-Va.) compared President Obama to the nation’s first president to resign, hinting that his actions have indeed crossed the boundaries of power granted to him.
“President Obama is the first president since Richard Nixon to ignore a duly-enacted law simply because he disagrees with it,” Goodlatte said during the hearing. “In place of the checks and balances established by the Constitution, President Obama has proclaimed that, ‘I refuse to take no for an answer,’ and that ‘Where Congress won’t act, I will.’”
While the impeachment of Obama is relatively unlikely, the current batch of representatives in Congress can be unpredictable with their actions.