President Obama is moving "perilously close" to impeachment, Sen. Tom Coburn told a town hall crowd this week, two reports said Thursday.
The Oklahoma Republican noted he was "a personal friend" of the president during the Muskogee town hall event, but said the administration suffers from incompetence.
Coburn repeatedly called the president's administration "lawless," telling the crowd of 300 at the Muskogee Convention Center there should be a national constitutional convention to counter it – and to cut down an oversized federal government, the Tulsa World reported
"I used to have a great fear of constitutional conventions," he said. "I have a great fear now of not having one."
On the issue of the president’s accountability, Roll Call reported
Coburn told the crowd, "What you have to do is you have to establish the criteria that would qualify for proceedings against the president, and that’s called impeachment."
"That’s not something you take lightly, and you have to use a historical precedent of what that means," he said. "I think there’s some intended violation of the law in this administration, but I also think there’s a ton of incompetence, of people who are making decisions.
"I believe [an impeachment charge] needs to be evaluated and determined, but thank goodness it doesn’t have to happen in the Senate until they’ve brought charges in the House," Coburn said. "Those are serious things, but we’re in a serious time. I don’t have the legal background to know if that rises to high crimes and misdemeanor, but I think they’re getting perilously close."
To back his claim of administrative incompetence, Coburn cited the example of Obama’s 15 picks for top Homeland Security vacancies, saying "a general portion of the nominees are absolutely incompetent," Roll Call reported.
Coburn has been a leading voice against trying to shut down the government over funding Obamacare, and said the proposal championed by conservative special interest groups such as Freedomworks and the Heritage Foundation would be "childish" and "intellectually dishonest,” the newspaper reported.
" . . . I quite frankly think he’s in a difficult position he’s put himself in and if it continues, I think we’re going to have another constitutional crisis in terms of the presidency," Coburn said.
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