By Jonathan Easley - 08/20/13 10:10 PM EDT
Rep. Kerry Bentivolio this week said he's consulted with lawyers about impeaching President Obama.
The Michigan Republican on Monday said it would be “a dream come true” to see the president forced from office over criminal misconduct.
“If I could write that bill and submit it, it would be a dream come true,” Bentivolio said in a video from a Monday town-hall meeting uploaded on YouTube and first discovered by BuzzFeed. “I stood 12 feet away from the guy and listened to him. I couldn’t stand being there, but because he is president I have to respect the office. That’s my job, as a congressman, I respect the office.”
“These are lawyers, Ph.D.s in history, and I said, ‘Tell me how I can impeach the president of the United States.’”
But the Michigan Republican said that until he could produce hard evidence, such as a directive from Obama to the IRS demanding that the agency target conservative groups, he didn’t have the legal means to pursue impeachment.
“Until we have evidence, you’re going to become a laughing stock if you’ve submitted the bill to impeach the president because, No. 1, you’ve got to convince the press,” he said. “There are some people out there no matter what Obama does, he’s still the greatest president they’ve ever had. That’s what you’re fighting.”
Bentivolio, who is known for raising reindeer on his family farm, is serving his first term in Congress. He took the place of former Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.), who resigned abruptly in 2012 after failing to get enough signatures to appear on the ballot.
Democrats have eyed Bentivolio's seat as a possible pickup opportunity in the 2014 election.