According to recent reports, South Dakota Republicans joined together to pass a resolution demanding Barack Obama be impeached. Among the reasons listed is the recent release of five dangerous terrorists in a deal with the Taliban to return Bowe Bergdahl, a hostage described by his fellow soldiers as an Army deserter.
The state’s Republican Party drafted the resolution to convince “our U.S. Representatives to initiate impeachment proceedings against the president of the United States.”
In a relatively close 191-176 vote, party delegates approved the resolution sponsored by Sioux Falls Republican Allen Unruh. In addition to the Taliban trade, the document listed allegedly impeachable offenses including the misrepresentation of ObamaCare and the Environmental Protection Agency’s targeting of America’s coal-fired power plants.
“I’ve got a thick book on impeachable offenses of the president,” Unruh asserted.
Butte County resident Larry Klipp also supported the measure, saying he “will pray for” anyone who failed to see the “traitorous scandals” that have defined this administration.
It remains to be seen whether the resolution will have any bearing among the state’s legislators. South Dakota has but one U.S. Representative, Kristi Noem, who has not been receptive to the idea of pursuing impeachment.
A spokesperson for the congresswoman indicated that she “believes the best way for Congress to hold the president accountable is to continue aggressive committee oversight and investigations” into the aforementioned scandals.
She is far from the only state Republican unwilling to support the idea. David Wheeler, one of the dissenting delegates in the resolution vote, contended that pursuing impeachment would essentially be a political move that would ultimately only damage the GOP.
“By doing this, we would look petty,” he concluded, “like we can’t achieve our political goals through the political process.”
Larry Eliason also disagreed with the move, though he admitted he has disagreed with every decision Obama has made during his presidency – with the exception of his pet adoption.
While this resolution might ultimately fail to gain traction in any definable way, it is yet another example of the growing trend among experts and elected officials who believe Obama’s actions as president warrant a criminal investigation.
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