House Republican Shatters Conservative Dreams Of Impeachment, Admits President Obama Hasn’t Broken Any Laws (VIDEO)

Courtesy of Truthout

Courtesy of Truthout

Ever since Sarah Palin called for House Republicans to draw up articles of impeachment against President Obama, conservatives have been in an absolute frenzy to try and make it happen. Right-wing obsession with forcing Obama out of office for any imaginary charge has placed great stress on the Republican establishment, who are in fear because Democrats are using this latest bout of extremism to raise money and generate newfound energy among supporters.

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But in a move that delightfully threatens to split the GOP even further apart, the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee shattered conservative hopes of impeaching Obama by admitting on camera that President Obama has NOT broken any laws to warrant such an action.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte appeared on ABC Sunday and told host George Stephanopoulos that House Republicans have absolutely no plan to impeach President Obama because there’s nothing they can legally impeach him for.

STEPHANOPOULOS: One of the other things you see coming out of this are more and more calls for the president to be impeached, Sarah Palin most prominently this week. Any articles of impeachment would be drawn up by your committee. Is this something you’re considering? Or do you agree with Speaker Boehner who says it’s off the table?

GOODLATTE: We are not working on or drawing up articles of impeachment. The Constitution is very clear as to what constitutes grounds for impeachment of the president of the United States. He has not committed the kind of criminal acts that call for that.

On the other hand, we do believe that the president is not enforcing the law. And there’s a wide array of issues, not just immigration, where we believe that. And that’s why the speaker, and many of us in the Congress, are getting ready to take legal action to stand up for the people’s right, for their elected representatives to be the part of our government that passes laws, not a president with his pen and his cell phone.

Here’s the video via Talking Points Memo.

And there you have it. The top Republican on the very committee that would be responsible for bringing up articles of impeachment against Obama has just kicked conservatives in the balls by not only rejecting such an action, but also admitting that President Obama has done nothing wrong to justify it.

According to Article II Section IV of the Constitution,

“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.”

In short, Goodlatte just blew apart all of the make believe accusations of law breaking that conservatives have been leveling against President Obama since he first took office in January 2009. That includes the ridiculous claims of Obama being a dictator/tyrant. This interview should put all of that crazy bullsh*t to rest. But Goodlatte is totally out of line on his other point.

He claims that House Republicans are suing Obama to make sure Congress has the only power to pass laws. To that I say, what laws? Due to House Republican refusal to pass anything constructive to help solve problems, this Congress is now the least productive in American history. If they actually did their jobs in the first place, President Obama wouldn’t have to issue executive orders. Besides, presidents have always had the power to sign executive orders. George Washington himself issued eight such orders, as did every president who came after him, except for William Henry Harrison who died one month after taking office. Now, Republicans are suing to stop President Obama from using a power that even the founding fathers employed during their own administrations. Even Republican presidents have used the power to issue executive orders. Former Presidents Bush and Reagan signed 672 of them combined. Obama has only signed 182.

Goodlatte himself has even had the temerity to claim on Fox News that the Supreme Court has unanimously ruled against 13 of Obama’s executive orders for exceeding constitutional authority. It’s a claim that PolitiFact has rated as false. It turns out President Obama’s executive orders are constitutional. Perhaps that’s why Goodlatte still supports suing Obama. He’s still seething from being revealed as a liar.

Nevertheless, it looks like conservatives will have a new reason to challenge Republicans in primaries in years to come. Plus, Goodlatte just told the world that the reasons Republicans have been using to refuse to compromise with President Obama have been a complete and utter waste of time for six years. Republican lawmakers lied directly to the American people and slandered the good name of our commander-in-chief during a time of war while using taxpayer dollars to fund investigations of supposed crimes that never actually happened. Republicans may not be impeaching President Obama, but they should damn well impeach themselves.