U.S. Representative John Bohner is expected to try and impeach President Barack Obama for abuse of power and criminal acts against the Constitution of the United States.
Dan Pfeiffer, a senior aide to Obama, told reporters that he expects a lawsuit to be filed Boehner (R-Ohio).
Pfeiffer said that “coming executive actions surrounding immigration reform” would only hasten the process of impeachment.
“I think that Speaker Boehner, by going down this path of this lawsuit, has opened the door to Republicans possibly considering impeachment at some point in the future,” Pfeiffer added.
In a statement response to the HuffPost today, Boehner’s office was more than just a little irritated that Obama and the White House beat Boehner to the punch in announcing his intentions. Boehner, however, did not deny that he was going to try to impeach Obama. He, instead, attempted to detour the conversation by derisively dismissing Obama’s predictions as a case of the White House playing “political games”:
We have a humanitarian crisis at our border, and the White House is making matters worse with inattention and mixed signals. It is telling, and sad, that a senior White House official is focused on political games, rather than helping these kids and securing the border.
Impeachment is a 2 stage process. The first step involves a hearing to rule on the criminal charges. The 2nd step involves removal from office which requires a majority vote. The last president to be impeached was Bill Clinton in 1998. But the Senate did not have enough votes to remove Clinton from office.
Richard M. Nixon, facing certain impeachment in 1974 when he ordered the break in and installation of listening devices in the local Democratic headquarters at the Watergate hotel, resigned before he could be officially impeached.