Rep. Paul: Impeachment a possibility for Obama
October 3rd, 2011
04:11 PM ET
9 years ago

Rep. Paul: Impeachment a possibility for Obama

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Ron Paul suggested Monday President Obama could be impeached for the killing of American-born al Qaeda official Anwar al-Awlaki.

Al-Awlaki, who preached terror as the public face of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, was killed by a drone strike in Yemen last week in a joint mission between the U.S. and Yemeni governments.

"I think the impeachment process would be possible," the Republican presidential candidate said in response to a question from a student at the University of New Hampshire, where he hosted a town hall.

Last week Paul said al-Awlaki, who was born in New Mexico, should have been tried in a U.S. court.

He added, however, that he believed every U.S. president had committed impeachable offenses, and said the success of a push for impeachment would depend on the political conditions in Washington.

Two of his GOP opponents, Mitt Romney and Rick Perry, have both lauded the president's role in the drone strike that killed al-Awlaki.


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soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. Rick in AZ

    There's no fool like an old fool. No wonder he's poling 4%.

    October 3, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  2. Jilli

    You can always count on Crazy Uncle Paul for laughs.

    October 3, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  3. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    Paul raises a legitimate issue. However, I don't recall him complaining when the US became a police state a few years ago. You know, where a US citizen was held without charges or access to attorneys. It's kind of sad Paul didn't have the guts to mention this when Bush was president and doing those things.

    October 3, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  4. New Age Independent

    Rudy NYC Excommunication from conservatives is possible for Rep. Paul if he keeps making remarks that go against the grain of main stream, extreme right wing thinking.
    So, which is it Rudy? The main stream or extreme right? This just shows how ridiculous you can be at times. Paul doesn't have much support from either.

    October 3, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  5. VetsV

    all the people who are against Obama on this and presenting argument of GWB vilification 4 water boarding.. should consider the fact that GWB and DC killed millions in Iraq and let our soldiers die on the falls pretext of WMD and fear ..

    October 3, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  6. TXJim

    Direct quote from Ron Paul,

    "That poor man al-Awlaki... he was killed by that mean old Obama for no reason.. We need to impeach him for that... what the?..
    HEY!! You kids get off my lawn !!!!!"

    October 3, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  7. Kendal

    Ted Kazinsky, Tim Mcveigh, Terry Nicoles, Jarrod Lougher, 1993 WTC bombers, highest ranking nazzi, and Sadam Husien were all given due process. This Awlaki was nothing compared to the nazzi and Sadam and THEY got trials and justice was served. Kim Joung Obama is leading us down a dangerous path.

    October 3, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  8. David

    Someone has been drinking the crazy juice.

    October 3, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  9. Stacey

    Okay, help me out here. If you hate our government and want it gone for good, why would you run for public office so that you can become the government? I don't get it. Why would I want to be part of something I claim to hate and don't need or want? Why does Ron Paul want to be president? The POTUS is the leader of our government!

    October 3, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  10. Lisa P

    "He added, however, that he believed every U.S. president had committed impeachable offenses, and said the success of a push for impeachment would depend on the political conditions in Washington."

    Well duh.

    Nothing to see here. Move along, CNN... don't you have some Palin gossip to push at us?

    October 3, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  11. Martha in CF

    Crawl in your hole Mr Paul. What a stupid statement. How many Americans has al-Awlaki killed or attempted to kill? Don't disgrace the men and women who have died because of that dope!!!!!! Let's put Bush and Cheney on trial for war crimes.......

    Impeach Obama---I am glad Ron that you are getting out of politics......take of few more of your cronies with you!!!!!!!!!

    October 3, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  12. lgny

    It is very interesting to hear the leftists applaud Obama's killing of an American citizen in the name of defeating terrorism while they attacked and vilified Bush and Cheney for simply waterboarding a few known terrorists to glean intelligence. The lesson we all learn from the left is that it is OK to murder an American citizen without due process in the name of the cause.

    Al Alwaki was a combatant on the loose in a location where it would have been very difficult to apprehend him. Hence the action to bomb his vehicle was appropriate. By contrast, the prisoners in Gitmo are under US control. We then have a responsibility to treat them in a manner appropriate to international law.

    Had we the opportunity to arrest Al Alwaki, then we would have been responsible for treating him appropriately as well.

    It's really not that convoluted. It's analogous to police being permitted to use deadly force when a dangerous suspect is at large and an immanent threat, but once he's arrested, the same police have a responsibility to treat the person with respect.

    October 3, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  13. The Film Professor

    You must be kidding me. Satan had a glowing spear waiting for this guy. If Ron Paul thinks that any of his Tea Bagger or Libertarian friends agree with him on this issue, somebody must have spiked their kool-aid again,

    October 3, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  14. John

    You know at one time I thought this man may be Okay , But the more he talk the worse he sound. The man was a Terrorists and he gave up his right when he decided to bare arm against a America. the People this man kill had right to but he didn't care so why should we.

    October 3, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |

    This is what you'd call a brain dead moron and the fact of why I as a GOP, will not vote for the man. If Obama called for the strike or his Generals did then I applaud him? We're in a war with Terrorist if you've forgotten Democrats and Republicans. We kill Terrorist and THANK GOD FOR EVERY AMERICAN SOLDIER WHO CAUSES THIS TO HAPPEN REGARDLESS OF WHAT NATIONALITY HE IS OR WHERE IN THE HELL HE IS.

    October 3, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  16. CathyinMN

    You just gave up ANY hope of being taken as a serious contender. ARE YOU COMPLETELY NUTS? But then again he represents the same group who wanted to impeach Clinton. NONE and I repeat NONE of the current contenders for the GOP nomination have any business getting anywhere near 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and that includes Gov Christie if he should change his mind.

    October 3, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |

    This guy is certified cuckoo.

    October 3, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  18. beevee

    Ron, you moron, you must be out of your senses. What is your point?

    October 3, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  19. LittleBearCB

    Mr. Ron Paul, get your blinders off...

    October 3, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  20. Sam

    Its very sad to see some uneducated people talking bad about Ron Paul his supporters are loyal supporters you cannot change there mind what Ron Paul stands for is what america needs to get people working and end these violent wars and I see nothing wrong with making that statement its his opinion does not mean hes a nut job thats what the mainstream media and the corp. puppets want you to belive he is the only one who will straighten up the FED he will make United States alot better place and safer too no one has a history record like him its disgraceful how the media put down a veteran and a doctor he has knowledge on how to get this country going and truthfully I belive hes the only one who will beat Obama easly unless you tamper with the polls again but im very sure this time around alot more people know of this and will react to it.. Ron Paul is a man i would be proud to serve my country under not someone who is in it for the money ... Ron Paul also gives out of his own money to the fed to help in debt and he also never voted to raise his pay he is a honest person we need Ron Paul and if he doesnt get elected this will hurt alot of us who are very excited over the 2012 elections..

    ps PLEASE CNN stop trying to make Ron look bad it will not work the mainstream would be liked alot more if they stopped doing this the American people recognize this.. Ron Paul for President 2012 ill continue ti fight for this honest guy I never voted because no canidate ever stood out and speaks with such honesty. (plz cnn dont delete my comment)

    October 3, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  21. Tony

    Ron Paul has always been out there...way out there...

    Now he is certifiable.

    October 3, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  22. PulTab

    Alzheimer's is a terrible disease. Sorry to see that you have it Dr. Paul.

    October 3, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  23. Kwesoe

    Hey, take it easy with the old guy! It's called dementia and I'm sure most of us have grandparents who suffer from the dis-ease. Don't make him panic or he'll take off his diapers.

    October 3, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  24. JE5

    I find some of these comments appalling. Ron Paul is brain dead? If you use your damn brain you'd realize things are not all rainbows and butterflies when it comes to killing terrorists. It's like the god damned Salem Witch Hunts right now in this country. Due Process is there to protect the innocent. NOT the WICKED. Anwar al-Awlaki is not the victim here; When you throw out principle, innocent lives are the real victims. It's disgusting the amount of blood people want spilled.

    October 3, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  25. Kenny

    Many Republicans shoot themselves in the foot when they shoot off their mouths. Once in a while you will have a Republican like "Trickey Dick Cheney" who shoots his hunting partner and then there is Congressman Ron Paul who shoots himself and his campaign in the butt. We are at war with terrorist that are Hell Bent on the destruction of America and any person that renounces his or her citizenship to join forces with the terrorist becomes one of them and as such is no longer an American citizen but rather a legal combatant. GO HOME PAUL

    October 3, 2011 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
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