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. Catmandew

    The Dems in the Senate are the obstructers here anyhow. 40 times the House has voted to repeal Obamacare and the Senate has not voted once to say nay or yay. Obama has created this mess with his grandstanding way of doing things. He deserves impeachment for the harm he has done to our country!! He is crooked as the day is long and for that alone he needs to be under investigation. He is a Racist and doesn't represent the interests of over half the people in the country.

    August 21, 2013 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  2. S. B. Stein

    There is nothing that Obama is really impeachable now. What charges is he planning on bringing?

    August 21, 2013 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  3. Racemunki

    Republi-cons are such sore losers. A better word would be PATHETIC!! They tried to impeach Clinton and his popularity grew. What exactly would they hope to gain? Public trust? I'm laughing so hard, my sides hurt!

    August 21, 2013 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  4. Winston Smith

    If this bunch makes their way back to office, you have no one to blame but yourselves. They are nuts. Stark staring nuts.

    August 21, 2013 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  5. Name Uche Agonsi

    How does it sound to attack or plan evil against an innocent man and someone who has done nothing to you. Its sure an aspect of Democracy the US Constitution needs to explore, especially when its stretched to the extent of destroying what the good that comes to the people & the development of the country........ For goodness sake how can US develope without the sense of justice.

    August 21, 2013 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  6. kentatwood

    It's good to want things.

    August 21, 2013 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |

    Hum I say impeach the GOP not doing anything for over 4 yrs

    August 21, 2013 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  8. ge

    sounds like treason to me .lets fined a reason to impeach .i think he spent to much time in the barn

    August 21, 2013 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  9. Name Uche Agonsi

    Winning election only to implement the policies of the Loosers Party is a breach of fate to the electorates.

    August 21, 2013 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  10. Bubba

    Hey GOP, keep talking smack. The more smack you talk now, the more you apologize for later. America's no longer under the spell of you scam artists. This time next year, we will see a very different GOP, a very small GOP.

    August 21, 2013 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  11. lloyd

    Well the election is behind us, and the foreign policy is much to be desired. I dont think any of our allies would joined a collation with us to combat aggression. Our partners has lost faith in us and we will pay a bitter price. We have lost all respect on the world stage. So prepare for what is to come

    August 21, 2013 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  12. Mike Texoma

    Where does the Grand Old Party find these nincompoops?

    August 21, 2013 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  13. Walt

    When did ignorance become a point of view? From Dilbert.

    August 21, 2013 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  14. Don, Toronto

    Instead of spending valuable time for which the tax payers are paying for to help resolve tax payers' problems, Mr. One time Santa Claus impersonator, rein-deer farmeR and former teacher is now behaving like a Clown who iS Entertaining his base..Yes the president have not done every thing right but my Lord where were these clowns when Son Bush and Dick Chaney were occupants of the White house and VP residence. If president Obama had created oxygen, these goons would advise Americans to stop breathing because oxygen is not good and not to drink water seen that it has oxygen. God help America until the 2014 midterm.

    August 21, 2013 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  15. Ron L

    President Obama will not be known as one of the greatest Presidents. President Obama will not be known as one of the worst President. What he will be remembered for is 1) being the first black President 2) Being bold enough to literally save the auto industry 3) Preventing the economy from slipping from a recession to a depression 4) Passing the first health care legislation that attempted to provide healthcare to all Americans 5) Being a person elected to the office that really did not care for politics 6) a President that found even when he suggested ideas originated by the opposing party, the moment he recommended it, it was no longer a good idea. 7) Three years to the story continues....

    August 21, 2013 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  16. Steve Hamilton

    Bentivolio needs to read Article II of the Constitution to learn just what kind of evidence he would need for an impeachment. Nothing that the president has done would qualify. Bentivolio would spend his time better if he clipped his toenails. He's another uneducated right wing radical spouting hot air.

    August 21, 2013 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  17. james5900

    Oh please! Really! This is just a phony scandal that the Republicans are pushing! OBAMA is almighty, and his God like wisdom will save us all. I'm sure Sorros and Obama are having a nice cup of tea right now and admiring his new dog while they discuss how to circumvent the Constitution on their next piece of executive orders......after all, that document is so old! One day all Americans will have a guaranteed house, car and health care! I hope that they take all the guns too, those dastardly gun owners are shooting anything they see for FUN! Can you imagine! It's a good thing foreigners are not carrying guns, this guy could have shot a innocent liberal/progressive while trying to defend himself! The horror!

    August 21, 2013 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  18. mark

    If there is ever another Republican in office with a Democratic House, they should simply impeach him on his inauguration day. His offense: wearing a red tie. Why not? No reason required apparently.

    August 21, 2013 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  19. Liz the First

    Impeach him for what????????? for helping the American people out of the mess YOUR party put us into??? for caring about the poor and middle class????? for PRESIDENTING WHILE BLACK????? how about spending a tenth of the energy you spend hating him on trying to help him get the country back in shape??? please, American people, please see these teaturds for what they are and get rid of them all come 2014.

    August 21, 2013 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  20. DarqueSide

    Finding someone in the GOP with more sense than an amoeba would be a dream come true!

    August 21, 2013 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  21. MesaMax

    Ain't never going to happen. Obama knows he can hide behind his skin color. Everybody would call it a "high tech lynching", starting with Obama.

    August 21, 2013 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  22. dotheflippin'math

    These Republican/TP newbies remind of the Underpants Gnomes from South Park, only the gnomes were funny. Gee, sounds like the same rationale given to stringing-up black folk in late 19th/early 20th century. Kill them now, find a reason later. The racists are just as evil as ever, and can't even hear their own ignorance. Gee, I'd give anything to impeach him, if only I had a legal reason. He saw nothing wrong with saying that. That's saying a lot, right there.

    August 21, 2013 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  23. Deb in MT

    what else do you need to hear to prove the gop teabags are incompetent losers.
    What else, you ask? How about the polling out today, where 28% of LA GOPers think GW Bush is responsible for the slow Federal response to the Katrina Hurricane, while 29% think it's President Obama's fault?!?

    Sometimes, the stupid just...*burns*....

    August 21, 2013 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  24. Wade

    Well Obama is without question the worst President in History and has lied so many times it is hard to imagine anyone who would believe anything he would say but Impeaching him is not in the cards. Mainly because he has Holder protecting him the liberal press protecting him and he is never actually accountable for anything .

    August 21, 2013 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    We r fight another countrty cuz what they believe now we have to but up with a president push his muslim believes around and on a day that The terrorist try to bring the americans do!!!!that isnt no President......

    August 21, 2013 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
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