Here’s Why Paul Ryan Thinks Impeachment Would Only Strengthen Obama


As several high-profile conservatives speak out in favor of initiating impeachment proceedings against Barack Obama, others are decidedly less supportive of such action.

While several Tea Party leaders, including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, believe that Obama’s policy of de facto amnesty and a litany of other abuses qualify as impeachable offenses, Rep. Paul Ryan thinks such a pursuit would only play into the hands of this administration.

“I see this sort of a ridiculous game by the president and his political team to try and change the narrative, raise money and turn out their base for an upcoming election that they feel is not going to go their way,” he said during a recent event in D.C. “And I’ll just leave it at that.”

His concern echoes recent comments by fellow GOP Rep. Steve Stockman who said, although he agrees that Obama deserves impeachment, the prospect would only embolden Democrats. Ryan, on the other hand, does not share Stockman’s view regarding the seriousness of Obama’s offenses.

Even a senior White House source recently confirmed that impeachment is a real potential outcome.

According to Ryan’s estimation, Obama’s actions while in the White House have failed to reach “the high crimes and misdemeanor level.”

Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew McCarthy, whose recent book lays out the case for Obama’s impeachment, responded to Ryan’s claim in a National Review editorial Wednesday.

As defined by the nation’s founders, he asserted that the term ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ does not refer specifically to indictable offenses, but “could involve dereliction of duty, lies to Congress or the public about serious matters, the failure to honor an oath (such as the oath to execute the laws faithfully), and any conduct that intentionally undermines the governing framework that safeguards our liberties and security (the president, of course, takes an oath to preserve the Constitution).”

Ryan does, however, support House Speaker John Boehner’s plan to sue Obama for his unauthorized use of executive power, calling that a more “responsible” approach to handling the president’s abuses.

“He’s trying to stand up for congressional prerogatives,” he said, confirming that he plans to vote in favor of the suit. “We want to show we’re not taking this lying down.”

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  1. MuslimLuvChrist says:

    Start in October with impeachment of holder. He is already in contempt of Congress (“you don’t want to go there, buddy”, what an uncouth thug), and that will be the catalyst to start the ball rolling which everyone is afraid to start. Remember the Lying King always forgets who does and who doesn't obey the rule of law that made America the greatest republic in the history of the world, and not a dictatorship that he and his crony clowns want. Impeach obama for the many treasonous acts of aiding and abetting terrorists (Benghazi, al Qaeda, Muslim Brotherhood, the Gitmo 5, sending $millions to Hamas, how many more examples are needed?). And look at all the scandals related to just voter fraud (IRS, illegals, corrupt appointments, injustice Justice Dept suing states over voter ID, how many more examples are needed?), and just wait for the massive voter fraud that will make Republicans lose in November and make our voting process totally worthless. Please spend my tax money getting rid of this clown via suit or impeachment, but my money would be better spent buying the first bullet to put this dog down.

    • Edwardkoziol says:

      MLC very good article I'd like to see them impeach Holder because this jig is suppose to uphold the law not use it to Obuttholes advantage.

  2. Edwardkoziol says:

    Ryan could be right but what is he proposing to do to stop our Hitler.

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