Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) said "there's no doubt" President Obama "has done plenty of things worthy of impeachment," becoming the latest big-name Republican to raise the specter of removing him from office.
He added, though, that the GOP can't push to remove the president right now because they don't have the votes in the Senate.
"From a governmental standpoint you're not going to see it accomplished with this Senate," Huckabee said Monday. "But I think it's an important argument to make that there are a number of things this president has done in the overuse of the executive power, his complete ignoring of the law, even his own law."
Huckabee’s remarks are a break from House and Senate GOP leaders who have pushed hard against any discussion of impeachment.
House Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerHouse GOP faces dilemma on spending bills Overnight Finance: Puerto Rico bill clears panel | IRS chief vows to finish term | Bill would require nominees to release tax returns Overnight Defense: Pentagon chief fears sequestration's return MORE (R-Ohio) said there had been no talk of impeachment and called it a “scam” started by Democrats to fundraise for the 2014 midterms.
But despite those statements, a number of GOP lawmakers have continued to raise the issue.
On Sunday, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said that Congress should weigh impeachment if Obama used executive actions to advance his immigration reform agenda.
Democrats have also continued to mention those calls for impeachment in their fundraising pitches.
White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer on Sunday insisted that they were taking the threat of impeachment seriously, saying it was “foolish to discount” the possibility.