Jack Minor, The Greeley (Colorado) Gazette
Former Congressman Tom Tancredo has given Congress a list of 12 items that he says would call for Obama’s impeachment if verified to have occurred.
In a Sept. 9 column, the former candidate for governor said Republicans should not use the excuse of the upcoming 2012 election to shirk their Constitutional duties.
The Constitution permits Congress to impeach a sitting president if he has committed “high crimes and misdemeanors.” The Constitution does not define the term “high crimes.” Impeachment does not remove a president. Removal would only come in the case of conviction after a trial in the Senate.
In the column, Tancredo presents a list of 12 questions that he says would justify Obama’s impeachment if answered in the affirmative.
The list includes Operation Fast and Furious, the government’s program allowing illegal gun sales to Mexican drug cartels. Tancredo said if the president had personal knowledge of either the program itself, or of efforts by Attorney General Eric Holder and other officials to cover up the scope and true purpose of the operation, that would amount to an impeachable offense.
Obama is also said to have possibly committed impeachment offenses for several issues related to immigration. Tancredo says Obama’s refusal to secure the border may be impeachable under his duties to protect states from foreign invasion. Sen. John Kyl claims Obama told him he was not going to stop cross-border human trafficking in order to force Republicans to pass legislation giving amnesty to illegal aliens currently living in the U.S….