Congressman Says He Discussed Impeaching Obama

A Michigan Republican says he’s consulted with lawyers about possibly starting impeachment proceedings against President Obama.

The Hill reports Rep. Kerry Bentivolio says he would like to see Obama removed from office, but he acknowledges that won’t happen unless they are able to come up with some hard evidence of misconduct.

“If I could write that bill and submit it, it would be a dream come true,” Bentivolio said in a video from a Monday town-hall meeting uploaded on YouTube and first discovered by BuzzFeed. “I stood 12 feet away from the guy and listened to him. I couldn’t stand being there, but because he is president I have to respect the office. That’s my job, as a congressman, I respect the office.”

But the Michigan Republican said that until he could produce hard evidence, such as a directive from Obama to the IRS demanding that the agency target conservative groups, he didn’t have the legal means to pursue impeachment.

“Until we have evidence, you’re going to become a laughing stock if you’ve submitted the bill to impeach the president because, No. 1, you’ve got to convince the press,” he said. “There are some people out there no matter what Obama does, he’s still the greatest president they’ve ever had. That’s what you’re fighting.”