Democrats in Congress Talk Impeachment 20 Times More Than GOP

Thursday, 07 Aug 2014 01:23 PM

By John Blosser

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Democratic senators and House members have used the words "impeach" or "impeachment" about 20 times more often than Republicans since the start of the 113th Congress last year, The Hill reported, citing a review of the Congressional Record.

Democrats brought up impeachment 86 times and it was referenced by Republicans four times, The Hill said.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a Texas Democrat, was the impeachment speech champ, using the words 18 times in two speeches, according to The Hill.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee recently reaped $2.1 million with a fund-raising email which threatened, "House Republicans Refuse to Rule Out Impeachment," according to CBS News.

Boehner insisted in a speech reported by CBS, "We have no plans to impeach the president. This whole talk about impeachment is coming from Democrats on Capitol Hill. Why? Because they're trying to rally their people to give money and to show up in this year's election."

As reported by Politico, White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer stirred the impeachment pot by saying, "It would be foolish to discount the possibility" that the House might move to impeach Obama.

In all, 19 House Democrats have used the words "impeach" or "impeachment" during floor talk, The Hill reported. They included House Minority Leader  Nancy Pelosi, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, and Assistant Democratic Leader James Clyburn. In the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has brought it up.

Professor Jonathan Turley, George Washington University expert on constitutional law, told The Hill, "This is the constitutional equivalent of a Bigfoot sighting. Nobody is seriously suggesting that impeachment is being pursued by the Republicans."

Some prominent Republicans outside of Congress have talked about an Obama impeachment.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a possible Republican presidential contender, has said "there's no doubt" that Obama "has done plenty of things worthy of impeachment." Sarah Palin, the 2008 GOP nominee for vice president, last month called for the president's impeachment.

Only two U.S. presidents, Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1998, were impeached by the House. Both were acquitted in the Senate, where a two-thirds vote is necessary to convict and remove a president from office. The Senate vote on Johnson was one vote short of conviction.
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