Reaction to Wednesday’s House vote authorizing a lawsuit against Barack Obama elicited spirited debate from leaders in both parties.
Democrat Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, in an address from the floor of the House, joined a growing chorus among those in her party that the suit initiated by Speaker John Boehner is just a step toward impeachment proceeding. Republican leaders have continually denied this assertion.
“I ask my colleagues to oppose this resolution,” she said Wednesday, “for it is in fact a veiled attempt at impeachment and it undermines the law that allows a president to do his job.”
Sticking with the impeachment narrative, Lee attempted to evoke memories of Obama’s predecessor to make her point.
“A historical fact,” she continued, “President Bush pushed this nation into a war that had little to do with apprehending terrorists. We did not seek an impeachment of President Bush because, as an executive, he had his authority.”
She went on to claim that, as it stands today, “President Obama has the authority.”
While her rhetoric might strike some as reasoned, a cursory review of the facts reveals a fundamental misrepresentation in her assertion. In 2008, not only did Democrat Rep. Dennis Kucinich move to initiate impeachment proceedings against Bush, Lee was one of the bill’s 11 co-sponsors.
At that time, she testified that she believed the House had “a very firm basis of suggesting high crimes and misdemeanors” against Bush, suggesting the body should not be “intimidated by the process or time” in determining whether to move forward with the inquiry.
“This is not a personal question,” she maintained. “This is a question of protecting the institution of the Constitution.”
Lee went so far as to cite the president’s sworn duty to uphold the nation’s laws, an issue to which proponents of impeachment against Obama have frequently alluded.
“One of the oath of office is to take care that the laws be faithfully executed,” she said, “and our colleague Congressman Kucinich has included those very, very precise words in one of his articles.”
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