Republicans Talk Impeachment at Special Judiciary Panel Hearing on President’s Duty to Execute the Law
Today the House Judiciary Panel held a special hearing to discuss whether President Obama has crossed the line regarding his Constitutional powers in order to further his agenda. I’d think most of the testimony would be one word answers. “Yes. Thank you, Mr. Chairman.”
CSPAN posted the list of people testifying today:
Witness Panel 1
- United States House of RepresentativesGerlach Testimony.pdf: (146.3 KBs)
- United States House of RepresentativesBlack Testimony.pdf: (305.2 KBs)
- United States House of RepresentativesRice Testimony.pdf: (271.7 KBs)
- United States House of RepresentativesDeSantis Testimony.pdf: (315.3 KBs)
Witness Panel 2
Here’s the testimony:
From Gateway Pundit:
I think we can agree that Congress has fairly limited means of redress in the event that the executive branch circumvents the legislative branch through its decisions not to enforce certain federal law.: Congress can try to pass new laws to either remedy or defund a violating action — but a president who undertook the action will not likely support the measure. Where the action rises to a “high crime or misdemeanor,” the House may initiate an impeachment proceeding.: But, such an avenue would surely be extremely divisive within the Congress and the nation generally, and would divert the attention of Congress from other important issues of the day.
Finally, judicial relief could be sought, but we well know that that process can take years and years while the underlying transgression continues.
Rep. H. Tom Rice (R-SC): added this testimony:
The “take care” clause in Article II, section 3 of the Constitution provides that the President shall “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” While the President has the right to exercise reasonable discretion, he may not choose which laws shall be enforced. This is fundamental to our constitutional framework. Knowing the expectations for the executive branch, I have watched President Obama’s various actions with great dismay.
My constituents overwhelmingly share this dismay.: Throughout my first months in office, my constituents continually voiced the same refrain: President Obama is overstepping the bounds of his office and Congress is doing nothing to stop his power grabs. Some have even suggested impeachment.: If the President can continually use his discretion to rewrite laws without congressional approval, the House of Representatives and the Senate may as well cease to exist. This erosion of our separation of powers diminishes our democracy; leaving us with an imperial presidency.
Do you think impeachment is the way to go? I’m not asking if you think Obama’s done anything that warrants impeachment, I’m asking if you think it’s the right move politically?
Tell me in the comments.
Duane Lester is co-founder of All American Blogger, and the primary writer. Following graduation, Duane entered the United States Navy as a journalist. He spent five years touring the world, reporting on local news and sports. Following his enlistment, Duane spent almost 10 years working with adjudicated youth in residential treatment environments. Duane discovered politics after September 11. He credits Erich "Mancow" Muller for opening his eyes to his conservative beliefs. Since then, Duane has devoured books and literature on politics, reading everything he can from Adam Smith to Larry Elder to Thomas Sowell. He refers to his style of politics as "conserva-tarian", a mixture of conservative and libertarian beliefs.