Rep. Marchant: Pursuing Impeachment Would Put Senate at Risk

Image: Rep. Marchant: Pursuing Impeachment Would Put Senate at Risk Rep. Kenny Marchant, R-Tex. (MCT/Landov)

Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 10:02 AM

By Jennifer G. Hickey

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During a recent appearance at a town hall, Republican Rep. Kenny Marchant said while there may be a legitimate case for impeaching President Barack Obama, the GOP should focus on winning the Senate because "there is no will" in the Senate or the country for it.

"All the legalities are in place to begin to impeach the president, but the will of the people is not there. If we move against the will of the American people, there will be a violent reaction and I do not think we will win the Senate. Let's focus on winning the senate first," he said in response to a constituent's question at a town hall in Coppell, Texas, according to video obtained by BuzzFeed.

Marchant said the case against Obama is laid out in "Faithless Execution: Building the Political Case for Obama’s Impeachment," a new book written by Andrew McCarthy of National Review.

He added that there is a "very slim chance" Republicans in the House would begin impeachment proceedings.

Marchant was responding to a question from the audience about how Congress could prevent Obama from taking further executive action to move his policy agenda.

The Texas Republican said there were two ways: impeachment and allowing the courts to continue to weigh in on the legality of the president's executive actions.

Marchant said the emergence of ISIS to the events in the wake of the Aug. 9 shooting of Mike Brown by a member of the Ferguson, Missouri, police force may have delayed Obama taking executive action on immigration.

He also said Republicans should continue to focus "for the country's well-being" on gaining "control of the senate so we can begin to pass bills."

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