By Ian Swanson - 07/27/14 10:25 AM EDT
House Democrats on Sunday said Republicans are keeping the impeachment of President Obama on the table.
In a statement responding to House Majority Whip-elect Steve Scalise’s (R-La.) appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” the head of the House Democratic campaign arm said Republicans made it clear impeachment is “absolutely” on the table.
“The fact that the third-highest-ranking Republican in the House is refusing to rule out impeachment offers a stunning view of the extreme measures this Republican Congress will take to push their reckless partisan agenda,” Israel said. “Republicans will spend the final week before their summer vacation plotting their lawsuit against the president, and now Scalise just made it clear that impeachment is absolutely on the table for House Republicans.”
Scalise said Sunday that it is the White House that seems to be talking up impeachment, though he didn’t directly respond to questions about whether House Republicans might seek to impeach Obama if he approved a new executive order preventing the deportations of thousands of illegal immigrants.
But Republicans see the talk by the White House and Democrats of impeachment, which began to pick up on Friday, as an election-year effort to try to rally the Democratic base.
Rep. Steve StockmanSteve StockmanCruz will skip State of the Union Ethics: Lawmakers didn’t ‘knowingly’ break rules with Azerbaijan gifts Lawmakers deny knowledge of secret funding for 2013 trip MORE (R-Texas) told WND.com that Obama wants House Republicans to impeach him.
In an interview with the conservative news site, he said Obama wants House Republicans to impeach him before the midterm election “because his senior advisers believe that is the only chance the Democratic Party has to avoid a major electoral defeat.”