Rep. Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyCongress must take the next steps on federal criminal justice reforms Lynch testimony marks final interview of GOP-led probe Comey defends FBI actions on Flynn in House interview MORE (R-S.C.) has a succinct response when asked about impeaching President Obama: "Have you met Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenVideo surfaces of Beto O'Rourke playing the Ramones' 'Blitzkrieg Bop' in a mask and onesie Dem 2020 hopeful Buttigieg touts his experience level, compares it to Trump's Biden made paid speech for GOP-linked group ahead of midterm elections: report MORE?"

Gowdy was asked on Fox News Thursday night about the possibility of impeachment, if Obama acts without Congress on immigration. 

"Have you met Joe Biden, is my response to that," Gowdy replied. "So, no. Nobody's discussing impeachment except pundits and commentators. First of all, impeachment is a punishment; it's not a remedy. Second of all, the only people who want us to talk about impeachment are the president's allies."

Referring to the idea of impeachment as bait, Gowdy said, "I'm not going to take it because I've met Joe Biden."

Gowdy is strongly opposed to Obama's expected executive action giving legal status to millions of people who entered the United States illegally.

He pointed to the confirmation process of Obama's attorney general nominee, Loretta Lynch, as a place where Republicans could fight, suggesting the GOP could use Obama's decision against her.

He said Republican lawmakers should ask Lynch pointed questions about the legality of Obama's actions. 

"Specifically with this new attorney general, ask U.S. Attorney Lynch, 'What are the limits of prosecutorial discretion? What laws does he actually have to enforce?' " Gowdy said. 

While Republican leaders have dismissed talk of impeachment, at least one member, Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), is open to it. He said this week that impeachment "would be a consideration," if Obama moves ahead on executive action.