By Blake Neff - 08/12/13 05:37 PM EDT
GOP Rep. Blake Farenthold (Texas) said House Republicans have enough votes to impeach President Obama, but warned the effort to remove him from office would be unsuccessful and could damage the country.
“If we were to impeach the president tomorrow, you could probably get the votes in the House of Representatives to do it,” Farenthold said at an Aug. 10 town-hall meeting.
Farenthold initially expressed regret that Congress did not more closely examine Obama’s eligibility for the presidency during the 2008 campaign, and then sought to explain why Republicans had not pursued impeachment.
The Texas lawmaker said the country would be harmed if the House voted to impeach Obama but the Democratic-controlled Senate failed to remove him from office.
“What message do we send to America if we impeach Obama and he gets away with what he’s impeached for and is found innocent?” Farenthold said.
Farenthold pointed to the failed effort to remove then-President Clinton from office in 1998.
“As a result of impeaching President Clinton, we’ve redefined what sex is to a lot of our young people, and we’ve said that it’s OK to lie to Congress,” warned Farenthold.
Farenthold is the latest GOP lawmaker to draw attention for questioning the president’s citizenship.
Last week, Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) told a constituent that he had doubts about the president’s citizenship but that a probe into the matter was not politically possible.
Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) told a constituent on Aug. 3 that he would support a bill calling for an investigation into whether Obama’s birth certificate was forged.