GOP Rep: Impeaching Obama 'would be a dream come true'
August 21st, 2013
05:14 PM ET
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GOP Rep: Impeaching Obama 'would be a dream come true'

(CNN) – Evidence of wrongdoing is about the only thing stopping Republican Rep. Kerry Bentivolio from attempting to impeach President Barack Obama, he told voters Monday.

In a YouTube video first reported by the liberal-leaning website Mediaite, Bentivolio responded to a woman during a Q&A session that "if I could write that bill and submit it," he said, moving to impeach Obama "would be a dream come true."

The first-term Representative from Michigan's 11th district was asked who would do something "to stop this runaway train that we have in the White House," by an unnamed woman off-screen.

"Who is going to stop Obama from everything that he is doing against our Constitution? He needs to be stopped," the woman said.

Bentivolio answered that he had looked at means to impeach Obama, saying "I feel your pain," particularly after hearing Obama speak at an unnamed event.

"I stood 12 feet away from the guy and listened to him. And I couldn't stand being there," Bentivolio, a former Santa Claus impersonator, teacher and reindeer farmer.

"But because he is president, I have to respect the office."

According to Bentivolio, who sits on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, he consulted attorneys. "These are lawyers, PhDs in history, I said; tell me how can I impeach the President of the United States."

The response, Bentivolio said, was that he needed evidence. While he didn't name any specific charges, the potential evidence he cited would be a theoretical email from the White House to the IRS specifically ordering the targeting of conservative groups for scrutiny in their tax exempt status application.

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Despite ongoing Congressional scrutiny, no proof has yet emerged that the White House ordered any extra IRS scrutiny of conservative groups.

"Until we have evidence, you're going to become a laughing stock if you submitted a bill to impeach the president," Bentivolio said.

"And there are some people out there, no matter what Obama does; he's still the greatest president they have ever had. That's what you're fighting."

The idea of impeaching Obama has come up several times recently, including when Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold told his Texas constituents that the House of Representatives "could probably get the votes" to impeach Obama.

Unlike Bentivolio, Farenthold did not name any specific wrongdoing he would charge Obama with, although he did caution that a failed attempt at impeachment would do more harm than good.

As he closed out his remarks, Bentivolio said that the most corrupt institution in Washington was not the president but in fact the media, contrasted to Congress, whom he said were typically honest.

"Every congressman I've had, well at least on my side of the aisle, has been very straight and forward," Bentivolio said.

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soundoff (131 Responses)
  1. Just a thought

    and this is what we the tax payers are getting out of the GOP/Tea troglydytes? How do the supporters of this clown party avoid adjusting their tin foil hats when the main thought processes are created out of the back end?...meaning: the entire GOP/tea party are so full of it, if we give them a laxative there would be nothing left to continue embarassing this country. Why don't we amend the constitution to say you need to be tested for "moron tendencies" before being allowed to hold publically elected office, because unfortunately there are enough mental misfits in this country that would actually vote for these weenies.

    August 21, 2013 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  2. Dennis Smith

    If you can call for an invasion of Iraq based on trumped up evidence, why not try to call for an impeachment trial with no evidence at all. I'm sure it would work out just as well as the invasion did.

    August 21, 2013 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  3. Woman In California

    "I stood 12 feet away from the guy and listened to him. And I couldn't stand being there," Bentivolio, a former Santa Claus impersonator, teacher and reindeer farmer.

    You forgot to mention RACIST.
    The POTUS being referred to as a "guy" tells me everything I need to know about this 'guy'.

    August 21, 2013 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  4. nintex

    If we could just shut down Rush Limbaugh and Fox News, people wouldn't be so full of uncalled-for hate for President Obama. These nutbags just echo everything they hear Hannity or those other idiots say; no need for things like actual facts. They are the ones dividing this country, and we have got to work hard to negate the evil the radio-heads say and do.

    August 21, 2013 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  5. Audrey Dellweaux

    Really wish we could impeach him. He is certainly the worst president in my lifetime with Carter running a close second. And, for all you race baiters, let me be the first to tell you there are many qualified African American candidates for whom I would love to vote, but they are.... conservative!!!! Dr. Condy Rice would make a dream president! Alan West and Dr. Ben Carson also two great men for whom I would proudly vote. Obama is a nightmare!

    August 21, 2013 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |

    The Snooki Palin playbook. Tell the FoxLies crowd anything to fleech them. They're stilll waiting for 999 too.

    August 21, 2013 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  7. Larry D.

    I think that impeaching this member would be a "dream come true"

    August 21, 2013 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  8. Dr. Joe

    This is our problem, stop the hate. Respect the American people, democracy and the office. Stop fighting start healing, we need to let him do his job. If he fails we'll just get a conservative next term. The thing we cannot do is nothing. He's not going to destroy the union, better men have tried.

    Geez people, trying to impeach a guy before he's done anything worthy of the honor is just hyperbolic vitriol. We should be Americans first, not democrats or republicans.

    August 21, 2013 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  9. Just a thought

    why do we have to hear from idiots ?....Brought to us all by the GOP/Conserva-dumb/Tea Potties

    August 21, 2013 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  10. Just a thought

    I can't imagine anyone with more than one brain cell to rub together supporting the GOP/Tea idiocy. If your constituencies are cro-magnin mouth breathers, really tough to have an intelligent debate...but then to run in front of a tv camera and repeat, well ignorance has bounds

    August 21, 2013 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  11. gypsydaveywithablowtorch

    Is this guy a circus performer-this a joke right? He's not really in Congress?

    August 21, 2013 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  12. Ed in Puna

    Someone needs to send this guy back to the North Pole!

    August 21, 2013 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  13. smith

    Impeach? for what? Just wait 3 1/2 more years and he will gone forever,

    August 21, 2013 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  14. Maria Rivera-Carvalho

    Prediction for the State of Michigan: Bentivolio will be a one term representative. This level of blind hatred will spell his political demise.

    August 21, 2013 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  15. ghost

    Go ahead and impeach him GOP. GO AHEAD!

    August 21, 2013 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  16. old guy in West Virginia

    How utterly irrational. These GOP/TP dipsticks care nothing about governance/doing the country's business. They are so blinded by their hatred of Obama that they'll happily hold the entire country hostage in order to advance their lunatic agenda. And to think that "conservative" USED to mean something far different (and far better) than it does now (thanks to the wingnut/TP branch of the GOP). And of course there are many real conservatives who AREN'T this crazy. Too bad they are completely out-shouted by this bunch of saboteur lunatics.

    August 21, 2013 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  17. GI JoeV

    There is nothing in DC for the Repubs;Baggers to do?

    Vote them out, they are wasting our time and money.

    August 21, 2013 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  18. Randy, San Francisco

    Add this angry old white man to the list of why Republicans will lose the 2016 presidential race.

    August 21, 2013 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  19. somebody

    Evidence of wrongdoing is about the only thing stopping Republican Rep. Kerry Bentivolio from attempting to impeach President Barack Obama, he told voters Monday.

    lol. Silly GOP and those pesky facts getting in the way of their nonsense.

    August 21, 2013 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  20. chris34

    Jeff Brown, "The right wing tried to impeach Clinton for nonsense", Clinton commited perjury, funny a comment by a low information voter.

    August 21, 2013 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  21. Name

    Ha ha! – wait ... this is real? Even FUNNIER! Clown show

    August 21, 2013 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  22. RoscoA

    Does Bentivolio realize how moronic he sounds? "I'd love to impeach him ,but lawyers and Ph.D.s said I need proof" DUH! Future historians will look back at the TEABAGGER ERA as the lowest point in U.S. history. We have elected zero IQ knuckle-draggers and wonder why they act like lumps of cinder block.

    August 21, 2013 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  23. Grahame Rhodes

    The lunatics have all escaped and are running the GOP.

    August 21, 2013 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  24. Dallas

    Where do these fools come from? This man must be totally off his rocker and hopefully the good people of Michigan will vote him out next year.

    August 21, 2013 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  25. Gunderson

    Old Gunderson think those that Voted For Obama should pay for it. Just think, you glue sniffers poppy growers will have Putin Care to live with the rest of lives. No jobs, no money, no nothing. All together now, PUTIN CARE, PUTIN CARE, PUTIN CARE !

    August 21, 2013 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
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