Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) on Tuesday said President Obama could be impeached if he goes ahead with a military strike on Syria if Congress doesn’t approve his war resolution.
Hunter visited the border between Syria and Jordan last week and said he’s leaning against military intervention. He served in the Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan and now has the rank of major in the Marine Reserves.
The three-term congressman also warned Tuesday that if Congress authorizes the Obama administration’s plan, the strike needs to go full throttle.
“We need to go all in, 100 percent, hell-bent on setting them back a decade when it comes to their weapons capability,” Hunter said. “There can be no half-measures.”
Sen. John McCainJohn McCainRepublicans tie Trump's Defense pick to funding fight Lawmakers haggle over funding bill as shutdown nears Markos Moulitsas: Kill the filibuster MORE (R-Ariz.) made similar comments Tuesday on “The Today Show.”
“I'm already talking to a lot of my colleagues, but before I persuade them to support this, I have to be persuaded,” he said, adding “a weak response is almost as bad as nothing.”
McCain met with Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamEx-Im Bank fails to get quorum reprieve in stopgap spending bill Overnight Defense: Funding bill would ease Trump Defense pick's confirmation | Obama delivers final security speech Congress wants hearing on Pentagon wasteful spending charges MORE (R-S.C.) and President Obama in the Oval Office Monday. McCain said afterward that if Congress rejects the resolution, the consequences would be “catastrophic.”
As far as Hunter’s impeachment threat, Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) issued a similar warning in June. He said Obama could be impeached if troops were sent into Syria and are killed.
The White House has repeatedly said there would be no boots on the ground. But, it has not made clear what it would do if it doesn’t have congressional support for a strike.
Former President Bill ClintonBill ClintonTrump cuts ties with Flynn Jr. Mainstream media is the chief culprit behind ‘fake news’ Ryan: Trump's Taiwan call 'much ado about nothing' MORE was the last commander in chief to be impeached.