Sunday, July 27, 2014

White House Braces for Impeachment Threat After Immigration Action


US News & World Report and CNN report that President Barack Obama is considering taking executive action on immigration, which could lead to impeachment action by House Republicans, according to a White House adviser. As unaccompanied children stream across the southern border, President Barack Obama is contemplating executive actions that may provide relief for immigrants living without authorization in the United States.  

White House aide Dan Pfeiffer says Obama is preparing to unveil his actions by the end of the summer and is poised to accept the political consequences, even if the fallout results in impeachment action by House Republicans.   “The president acting on immigration reform will certainly up the likelihood that they would contemplate impeachment at some point.”

Article II of the United States Constitution (Section 4) states that "The President, Vice President, and all civil Officers of the United States shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other High Crimes and Misdemeanors."  Is the claim that deffered action of some kind constitute "High Crimes and Misdemeanoprs"?  Or is the impeachment after Bill Clinton just another political tool to try to undermine the President?


 Obama critic Dick Cheney does not support impeachment and says that it would be a "distraction."


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