Talk of impeaching President Obama is ramping up in Washington.
Senator Tom Coburn recently told a town hall meeting in Oklahoma that the president is veering “perilously close” to committing an impeachable offense by throwing the country into a constitutional crisis.
“What you have to do is you have to establish the criteria that would qualify for proceedings against the president, and that’s called impeachment,” Coburn said, in response to a question about Obama’s accountability. “That’s not something you take lightly, and you have to use a historical precedent of what that means. I think there’s some intended violation of the law in this administration, but I also think there’s a ton of incompetence, of people who are making decisions.
“I believe [an impeachment charge] needs to be evaluated and determined, but thank goodness it doesn’t have to happen in the Senate until they’ve brought charges in the House,” Coburn said. “Those are serious things, but we’re in a serious time. I don’t have the legal background to know if that rises to high crimes and misdemeanor, but I think they’re getting perilously close.”
Former Obama advisor David Axelrod bristled when told of Coburn’s statement, telling MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program that Coburn was “way out of bounds” and any talk of impeaching the president was “absurd.” From the Washington Post:
Axelrod said politics has devolved into trying to disqualify the president. He acknowledged that Democrats did the same to President George W. Bush during his term, to some extent, but said Republicans are more guilty of it.
“Not just debate them, not just disagree with them, but render them illegitimate,” Axelrod said. “And that is dangerous for this country.”