Huntsman won't rule out impeachment
August 3rd, 2011
10:13 PM ET
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Huntsman won't rule out impeachment

Dover, New Hampshire (CNN) – Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman again left open the idea that Congress could impeach the president for involving the US in the Libyan conflict without congressional approval.

"Congress should do whatever Congress chooses to do," he said in response to a reporter's question about whether Congress should consider impeachment. "My position in Libya is pretty simple. We shouldn't be there."

His remarks to the press came after an operative from American Bridge, a Democratic research and tracking firm that follows Republican candidates, posted footage of Huntsman making similar comments to a voter at a New Hampshire house party earlier in the week.

The Democratic group went on the attack, saying it plans to paint Huntsman as a candidate desperately seeking approval from reticent conservatives.

Huntsman was appointed by Obama to serve as ambassador to China in 2009. Since entering the race he has sought to distance himself from the administration as a potential rival for the president in 2012.


Filed under: 2012 • Jon Huntsman • Libya
soundoff (185 Responses)
  1. Dave

    What a SNAKE! How about putting your George Bush in jail for war crimes? One more republican wanna be.

    August 4, 2011 04:04 am at 4:04 am |
  2. connie

    I think he should be impeached for a lot of things. He's back and forth too much. I don't think he even knows what he's doing.

    August 4, 2011 04:08 am at 4:08 am |
  3. Molly Harper

    I was actually considering a vote for Huntsman until now. How much more absurd are the Republicans going to get?

    August 4, 2011 04:11 am at 4:11 am |
  4. Anonymous

    As I recall there was a matter of genocide. An intervention from good information to prevent same can be time critical... Constraints have their limits....I think to sit in judgment or set them up for purely political purposes is morally and otherwise indefensible ....People learned a horrible lesson in WWII. Since then I think it follows when action is taken in force to adhere to the dictum of conscience: "Never Again!"

    August 4, 2011 04:17 am at 4:17 am |
  5. JBK

    As I recall there was a matter of genocide. An intervention on good information to prevent same can be time critical... Constraints have their limits....I think to sit in judgment or set them up for purely political purposes is morally and otherwise indefensible ....People learned a horrible lesson in WWII. Since then I think it follows when action is taken in force to adhere to the dictum of conscience: "Never Again!"

    August 4, 2011 04:19 am at 4:19 am |
  6. sputum

    Of course Congress has the right to impeach the president for this treason against the Constitution. The problem is there is not enough in Congress that have the courage to do it. What is the point of Congress having powers if they don't exercise those powers from time to time.

    August 4, 2011 04:30 am at 4:30 am |
  7. Bill in Florida

    And so it begins - the self-destruction of a likeable, intelligent moderate into a fall-in-line, idiotic Tea Bagger. The problem is, the Tea Baggers hate Huntsman nearly as much as they hate Obama, so what is Huntsman's latest metamorphosis supposed to achieve?

    August 4, 2011 04:39 am at 4:39 am |
  8. Fred S.

    Impeach who? Bush? Who makes this stuff up?

    August 4, 2011 04:45 am at 4:45 am |
  9. John in AZ

    Oh man...please begin an impeachment procedure against the President! No Republican would recover from that mistake. Please please!

    August 4, 2011 04:45 am at 4:45 am |
  10. Alex

    why is nato in lybia? why did president obama and hilary clinton send troops there without congressional consent or approval? if you reason that it was to protect the people, then how come we haven't sent troops into syria where its said over 2000 people have been slaughtered for reportedly peaceful protests? it comes down to this, if you bomb another country its an act of war. we are the usa, why are we jumping into all these wars we have no business in? i thought we had higher standards.

    August 4, 2011 04:46 am at 4:46 am |
  11. whitmanguy

    I almost hope the idiot goes ahead with this. It would not only expose him as the idiot he is, it would also put other Republican idiots on the spot–do they support this inanity because they've been challenged to prove their "conservative credentials" to the idiot demographic, or do they refrain, thereby making themselves look craven in the eyes of that bunch?

    August 4, 2011 04:46 am at 4:46 am |
  12. michael MN

    Ah – but invading Iraq at a cost of 3 trillion is A-OK ?

    August 4, 2011 04:54 am at 4:54 am |
  13. Paul

    Huntsman will never ever win the GOP nomination ... he can stop campaigning ... does he have a brain???

    August 4, 2011 04:54 am at 4:54 am |
  14. Tim Anderson

    I'll take the 'Jon' seriously only after their own election team learns to spell their own candidates name correctly.

    August 4, 2011 04:57 am at 4:57 am |
  15. John in Cal

    Ah yes, impeach the black pres, but not the pres that lied to involve us in two wars. Fair and balanced? That is why he isn't pres material.

    August 4, 2011 05:04 am at 5:04 am |
  16. Cameron Spurgeon

    Wow..Impeachment? I was considering Huntsman until the pig came out and wallowed in the mud with the rest of the GOP camdidates/ When you don't have your own ideas..badmouth the President andn disrespect the country.

    August 4, 2011 05:10 am at 5:10 am |
  17. Mike

    Why don't we impeach Huntsman first and then start impeaching more Republicans for treason. They are causing this country to fail by their stupid policies such as continuing our dependency on foreign oil at the same time ridding of efficiency. They will bankrupt this country so fast with that policy! Treason! The enrich the wealthy, starve the poor and send the middle class out on the streets! Treason! They blame the cost of health care on any one who uses it as they stuff the pockets of the stock holders with more and more money. Treason! They are giving away our clean air and water and farmland and homes and our lively-hood to corporations who give billions to lobbyist for corporations and then blame their problems on the Democrats for high cost dealing with corporate pollution. Treason! The Republican party are nothing but anti-Robbin Hoods! Impeach them first!

    August 4, 2011 05:14 am at 5:14 am |
  18. appeal to reason

    who is this guy again?

    August 4, 2011 05:15 am at 5:15 am |
  19. corncop

    Another fringe batwing? So Congress should impeach an American President every time he orders our military into action? Maybe they should go get a few more retroactively? Shrub Bush for Iraq and Afganistan, Clinton, Papa Bush for Iraq the first, and the list will most likely include every President. Maybe a better idea would be to impeach from the race all of the fringe candidates whose only claim to fame is some outlandish statement for the press to pick up. Oh sorry but that would kick out the entire Republican field of candidates! Too bad! Maybe then the party could find a real candidate who has some real ideas about making our country better and not rely solely on grandstanding and the millions of campaign cash they get from big business. You remember the concept? A candidate who will represent the best interests of the people and not just be bought and paid for pawns. I guess that is too much to ask?

    August 4, 2011 05:21 am at 5:21 am |
  20. EMervin

    Huntsman: " My position in Libya is pretty simple. We shouldn't be there."

    Well, our position is also very clear: You shouldn't be here, there or anywhere! Now, go away and leave intelligent people to act.

    August 4, 2011 05:22 am at 5:22 am |
  21. s kel

    this backstabing nothing needs to shut up go impeach the tea party lead congress instead.

    August 4, 2011 05:31 am at 5:31 am |
  22. samsmee

    huntsman is a dorky boy

    August 4, 2011 05:32 am at 5:32 am |
  23. Marygonia @yahoo.com

    Huntsman why don't you go home and impeach yourself you and the rest of the republicans and get rid of the teaparty out of congress

    August 4, 2011 05:39 am at 5:39 am |
  24. aperson

    I don't understand why I should care whether or not Huntsman doesn't rule out impeachment. Huntsman is not currently, and never was for that matter, a member of Congress and therefore has absolutely no say in whether or not Obama is even brought up for impeachment. This article might as well say cow in a field in Wisconsin won't rule out impeachment. Great article.

    August 4, 2011 05:42 am at 5:42 am |
  25. Bill

    Another loser. Rather than talking about what he would do to improve the lives of people in this country, he talks of impeachment. Mr. Huntsman was ambassador to China and speaks the language fluently. Maybe he can tell China that our trade deficit with that country has drained us of jobs and money for years. To Huntsman I say, good luck but you are not getting my vote.

    August 4, 2011 05:48 am at 5:48 am |
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