Republicans Lay the Groundwork for the Baseless Impeachment of President Obama

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We have come to expect nothing less than crazy from Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FLA), and he has delivered today.

Yoho has authored a resolution in high hopes of using it to begin impeachment proceedings against President Obama for acting like a President. It is allegedly supposed to take aim at the President for his immigration actions.

Obviously, Yoho’s resolution is fraught with peril seeing as it seeks to criminalize the president for acting on presidential power. But it also managed to take a big old (unintentional, I presume since Republicans are still refusing to admit any responsibility for the fact that they lied in the lead up to the Iraq War) swipe at former President George W. Bush, with part of his resolution reading: “(5) intentionally lying to Congress to obtain an authorization for war”.

Yoho’s resolution seeks to (for starters):

To establish standards defining impeachable “high crimes and misdemeanors” within the meaning of Article II, section 4 as applied to the President of the United States.

Whereas Article II, section 4 of the Constitution provides that, “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors”;

What is this high crime?

Acting like a President. Ironically, it seems, a recent Republican president:

The House of Representatives declares the following Presidential actions shall constitute impeachable “high crimes and misdemeanors” within the meaning of Article II, section 4, which will cause the House to vote an article or articles of impeachment to send to the Senate for trial—

(1) initiating war without express congressional authorization;

(2) killing American citizens in the United States or abroad who are not then engaged in active hostilities against the United States without due process (unless the killing was necessary to prevent imminent serious physical danger to third parties);

(3) failing to superintend subordinates guilty of chronic constitutional abuses;

(4) spending appropriated funds in violation of conditions imposed for expenditure;

(5) intentionally lying to Congress to obtain an authorization for war;

(6) failing to take care that the laws be faithfully executed through signing statements or systematic policies of nonenforcement;

(7) substituting executive agreements for treaties;

(8) intentionally lying under oath to a Federal judge or grand jury;

(9) misusing Federal agencies to advance a partisan political agenda;

(10) refusing to comply with a congressional subpoena for documents or testimony issued for a legitimate legislative purpose; and

(11) issuing Executive orders or Presidential memoranda that infringe upon or circumvent the constitutional powers of Congress.

Cristina Marcos of the Hill noted, “The Yoho resolution defines impeachable ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ in a way that is clearly aimed at Obama’s actions to unilaterally delay deportations…”

And later, Marcos observed dryly, “Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) insisted last summer that impeachment is a “scam” perpetuated by Democrats.”

Yoho denies that it is aimed at President Obama. Now go re-read Speaker Boehner’s claim that Republicans are not going to try to impeach President Obama like they did with the last Democratic President, Bill Clinton.

Yes, plenty of Yoho’s resolution applies to things that Bush did while in office. But Republicans are not known for dealing in reality right now, and so their idea of using a federal agency for partisan activities is the President telling the agency how to implement a law. This is not the same thing as what Bush did when he used the Department of Justice to carry out partisan activities. The latter actually happened.

This is not a matter of which side of the fence you are standing on, although plenty of the complaints can be applied to most presidents, including President Obama. But Obama is nowhere near Bush in abuse of presidential power. He has, at times, even sought to limit it.

Yoho wants you to believe he just so happens to be setting the stage for impeachment of any old president, while a Democrat is in office. It shouldn’t escape notice that Republicans are seeking to limit the power of the one office they can’t seem to get back, and face an uphill battle winning in the near future until they join the rest of the population in the current century.

49 Replies to “Republicans Lay the Groundwork for the Baseless Impeachment of President Obama”

  1. You don’t see this as getting ready for a Hillary impeachment? I see several that the R’s can “claim” she violated.

  2. Ever notice that those who scream the loudest are usually those who stacked the deck in their favor and still managed to lose?

    It’s never too late to Impeach Bu$h jr.

  3. Possibly.

    But I see it as yet another way that the Koch (head) brothers are determined to circumvent the Presidency in an effort to get what they want.

  4. I wish we could get a Bill past that required these people to take a sanity test when they do this type of thing.

  5. What is wrong with the folks in Fla. Can’t they see that this A-Hole is crazy. You can’t fix stupid, but it’s sure fun to watch.[WINK]

  6. Isn’t it strange how the only time in the last 20 years the GOP has tried to impeach a president it’s been when a democrat is in the white house?

  7. Putting aside the fact that the bill is so blatantly unconstitutional that it wouldn’t last a week, this might just be the single dumbest thing a Congressional Republican has done since Louie Gohmert ran for Speaker.

  8. They need 2/3 vote of the Senate to remove from office. They don’t have that. Let them impeach. It’s just another senseless act that will turn voters against them in 2016.

  9. On the one hand, they seem to be laying the groundwork to impeach ANY Democratic President, whether it’s Hillary or anyone else.

    On the other hand, even the Republicans aren’t so ignorant not to realize that you can’t impeach anyone for actions taken before they assumed the office you want to remove them from. For impeachment purposes, nothing Hillary Clinton did before January 20, 2017 would matter.

  10. Hey to the Republicans, I think September 2016 would be a perfect time to bring impeachment proceedings. Just enough ahead of the election so the people can have fresh in their heads why NOT to vote Republican.

  11. …and waste tons of our hard earned dollars on something that will not come to fruition; however, the immediate problems facing 99% of the country go unattended.

    2016..people forget what happened now.

    I thought for sure at least women would get out and vote in 2014 to save women’s rights, but that didn’t work either.

    The GOPT shut down the government which caused many hardships for many, they still got the house and senate.

  12. Avery, the people in Florida voted this A-hole into office..so apparently they think he’s a good guy.

  13. This is highly unconstitutional and hasn’t a hope or a prayer.

    The only thing this bill does is make this fool look like an even bigger fool (and I didn’t think that was possible).

  14. The Republicans who do these things or take these actions are looking for fame and attention. And fail in the attempt—plus it is one more reason why we must NOT give these individuals in the Republican party too much power or else they will harm the country even more. And possibly by their actions—the world. So beware, Republicans are a wrecking crew dressed in expensive suits and ties.

  15. The GOP is truly nuts. Thanks, Texas, Florida, Kentucky, South Carolina, et al. Keep screwing America with you sicko bunch of corrupt scum.

  16. wow – really – are they for real – haven’t they been trying to impeach – make him a first term president since day one – this has been their only focus for the last 7 years and it hasn’t worked so now they will go another round.

  17. Of course, what Yoho the Yahoo doesn’t get is that this has to pass the Senate, and then be signed by the President. Good luck with either one.

  18. Bingo! Further proof that the GOP doesn’t have a clue how to lead this country so they just bring out the wagon and the elixir for another show so they can stay in the spotlight. Seems like a perfect time to thank Cotton & Yoho for challenging Brownback and Koback for the 2015 political publicity awards.

  19. Paul you are right. They can’t think through their hatred of the President.

    This is what happens when you have dummies in office to begin with, and then they hate a Black man in the White House..they only act on hate, without thinking of the consequences for the country. They do not have impulse control; thus, they are very dangerous.

  20. So when they finally pluck a candidate from the Klown Kar, just what will he run on? The GOP has NO accomplishments over the past 15 years..they have done nothing for the people except take away our money and our rights. I do think people are noticing. I do hope they all get out and vote these dimwits out, at the state level as well!

  21. Once again folks, as the saying goes…

    When you’re born you get a ticket to the freak show. When you’re born in America, you get a front row seat. ~ George Carlin

  22. He represents the Jacksonville area, so not all Floridians voted for him. The voters in my area sent Gwen Graham up there to deal with idiots like him.

  23. I guess 1996 didn’t teach them anything! This time we take no prisoners! After 2016 we start taking thes guys down for treason!
    Maybe let the state’s that sent them foot the bill!

  24. As if they have not wasted enough tax-payer money attacking President Obama for no other reason that they are a bunch of racists that do not want a Black President in the White House! The people have elected him twice and they still attack him for doing his job (and doing it well, in SPITE OF their obstructivisim!

  25. Well, bleating about impeaching Obama sure beats doing anything constructive, doesn’t it? Much easier to bloviate and make useless noise and waste the taxpayers’ money that actually do their job.

  26. Believe it or not, they tried to impeach him before he was even sworn in…
    Now that’s all kinds of crazy. Also, just be retroactively trying to define what constitutes violations of the Constitution does not then automatically assign the ability to impeach; if he wasn’t acting according to laws that existed at the time, he cannot be prosecuted on the basis of having broken them. Any halfway decent constitutional lawyer would dance around that attempt. Oh, that’s right, Obama IS a constitutional lawyer. Good luck, GOP… You just brought a butterknife to a gunfight.

  27. Ted Yoho has stated that he absolutely LOVES RAP and HIPHOP music. He is another whacko republican tea bagger who should be tested for drugs (already caught and fired one of them). ALL candidates and those in office should constantly be tested for drugs. After all, these are the people who make bills, rules and regulations and payouts!

  28. First, assume that the president would sign this bill. Uh huh. Then – it would cover NOTHING he’d done before it was signed. That is in the Constitution – we do NOT make ex post facto laws to arrest and try people on things they did BEFORE the law was enacted. It’s absolutely prohibited by the Constitution.

    So what the hell is the point of this other than another grandstand?

  29. Why didn’t Dubya and his puppeteers end up in prison? The crimes committed by that regime damaged our country. The Republicans have no ammunition against Dems, so they make fodder up as they go along. Didn’t work against Clinton, just wasted a LOT of taxpayer dollars.

  30. I don’t care if Bu$h Jr ever gets impeached. I want to see the SOB at the Hague in front of a war crimes trial.

  31. Hey Brian, don’t blame me. I voted a straight Democratic ticket. Blame goes to those that didn’t get out of their houses and vote. I know many Democrats that said they don’t vote mid-terms, and I told them off. But, I will go around in my wheelchair next time, and tell them before the elections why they need to vote. Everyone needs to do that. Then maybe these Yaa-hoos will be defeated in every State.

  32. He’d probably be deemed mentally incompetent and spend the rest of his days in a hospital dayroom painting.

    Now, Cheney on the other hand….. That sonofab*tch needs to fry.

  33. I seem to remember the rethugs calling for impeachment almost immediately after Pres. Obama’s inauguration. Repeated over and over again through out his total time in office.
    These rapid wolves of the rethug party will never be content until, they succeed, in impeaching a Dem Pres. Does not matter who, just so it is a DEM.
    They must prove, that a Dem is as criminal, unethical, As they are. Does not matter to them if it is true or not.

  34. I urge everyone to read “Broken Government” by John W. Dean. It should actually be required reading for everyone who votes and offers a frightening analysis of how the repubs are actually trying to install what can only be called a dictatorship in the United States.

  35. There needs to be a law to throw the GOP into a Mental ward and throw the key away. Are they really that stupid? The things they say and do are just pure idiotic. Totally insane. But!!!! I know many may not like hearing this but its the facts…this surely shows how much the enemy (satan) is working against what God’s purpose is for all of us and will even destroy the most favorable in His eyes to lead this country/world. It surely tells you the signs that this world is coming to an end and that Jesus is coming soon. I don’t care about this stage and religion thing. Its a stupid rule. at least to me. But look at how more insane the GOP has gotton. they have forgotten what Jesus was about. The Democrats have shown more about Christianity and what Jesus did for the people beside to die for them. Jesus was homeless…but still cared for the sick, hungry and dying. He left an example for us but the GOP and all republicans are mocking God and what Jesus laid down for us.

  36. gsb, you’re absolutely right. Ever since Nixon was forced to resign in disgrace in 1974, the GOP has had a hard-on for every Democratic President and/or candidate.

    I’m thrilled that Hillary is finally running (even tho I wish someone from the left would challenge her — so she can practice “defense” and move leftward.) I have watched her fend off ridiculous GOP attacks for decades, and her coat of armor is complete!

    The GOP, as a whole, are actually in a frenzied panic — 18 months before the election — because they know that no candidate on their side can even polish her shoes in the intelligence realm.

    It’s going to be fun to watch!

  37. Joe — BINGO! Have you noticed that every decision and/or opinion put forth by GOP “candidates” for President is moving exactly in the opposite direction of the majority of Americans?

    The latest: Marco the Rube — he says he’s the “candidate of tomorrow, not yesterday, but every single issue he says he’s running on is ass-backwards!

    The GOP is much like Evangelism – it’s driving people away much faster than attracting them. I know lots of Republicans — my deceased husband was a GOP politician back in the 70’s — and lately, they’re all claiming to be “Independents.”

  38. I read that book when it was first published.

    An EXCELLENT read, written by the only honest Republican in our country.

  39. Same in Texas who vote GOP. It about time the people realize it “We the People” not “Screw the People”.

  40. The country has watched this for the last six years. We know full well just how unproductive these rethug members of Congress are. Yet, they still sit in their offices. Somewhere along the line, there must be a stop button. somewhere!!!2016 could be that button, if….. people get out to vote. Remove every thug from every easy job they have. The ballot box is the only thing they do understand ( I think)unless, fixing is in so deep we don’t have a chance?

  41. Yoho’s an obvious bagger envoy sent to Washington for
    the sole purpose of presidential bashing and obstruct-
    ion. This retarded bill only proves the degree of mental-
    ly challenged constituancy behind such a swamp dweller.

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