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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  1. fayray11x

    the GOP, the party of hate, lies, insults, fear, NO, & filibuster, who only cares about the rich and offers zero solutions to real problem, just wastes your tax dollars with bills on abortion and repealing AHC act. They will be a relic in less than a generation and it can't come soon enough.

    August 22, 2013 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  2. Wake up People!

    The main way to be an up and comer in the GOP.....
    Bash the President of the United States as much as possible.
    Disrespect him at every turn.
    Tell as many lies on him as possible.
    Work your bigoted supporters up as much as possible.

    Run for POTUS next Presidential election will be your reward.
    It's hard to believe it's 2013....

    August 22, 2013 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  3. Taroya

    We need to impeach the entire tparty!
    THEY are the ones that circumvent the Constitution at every turn that they can!
    Because of them, we are now ruled by a plutocracy. This same institution also advocates taking women's rights away, and would also like to legislate marriage.
    These people are disgusting! Can't really express how much I despise them.

    August 22, 2013 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  4. Wake up People!

    One guess as to what all of his supporters look like?

    2008, the year everyone came out from under their hoodies.....

    August 22, 2013 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  5. aCriticalEye

    How about impeaching all the GOP/Tea clowns that signed the NORQUIST PLEDGE and held it involate to their oath of office to work in the best interest of our country and NOT just work for the rich and privaliged.

    IMPEACH BOHNER, RYAN, PAUL, MCCONNEL and the dirt bag in this article for starters.

    August 22, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  6. dave

    Obama is a bum and a criminal. His lies, scandals and misleading the American people is enough to impeach this divisive, hateful inexperienced Obama fool. When we take back the senate in 2014 we will Impeach and oust this child fraud Obama

    August 22, 2013 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  7. ghostwriter

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

    Really now? This is probably the most revealing part of his statement. He actually thinks his side is straight and forward.

    BTW, Clinton was impeached for lying about cheating on his wife. Not sure where in the Constitution it says a man must be faithful. I'd imagine most of our presidents could have been impeached then. The question has always been, why the hell did republicans think it was a good idea to hold hearings on the president's fidelity in the 1st place?

    August 22, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  8. dave

    With Obamas failed cover ups and scandals, just witholdung the evidence is a crime alone. We need to impeach and prosecute this dangerous fool Obama.

    August 22, 2013 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  9. Vince

    The GOP presidential field for 2016 is looking like a "dream come true"...for Democrats at least.

    August 22, 2013 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  10. Jim

    Republicans need to move to Canada with Ted Cruz

    August 22, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  11. ghostwriter

    Poor Dave. All this pent up anger and no way to release it. I think you should take the only honest thing this guy said to heart. No evidence. Of lying, scandals, withholding evidence or misleading the American people. In other words, he hasn't done anything impeachable. Getting you nutjobs all worked up for nothing....well....for votes, but nothing else.

    August 22, 2013 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  12. Al-NY,NY

    what a loser....just like the rest of the right wing sheep

    August 22, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  13. Lynda/Minnesota


    @Data Driven: "When your party has nothing left to offer, this is what remains."

    Yep, and it plays with all the Americans the GOP has thrown under the bus: folks who've lost their jobs to outsourcing, are continually losing more and more of our nation's social safety net because of the GOP's insistence on coddling the wealthy and multinational corporations, folks who can handle they've been manipulated and lied to by the GOP over and over and over again.

    THIS is why we need to get out in 2014 and send the GOP packing!

    What surprises me the most is that these folks you mentioned ... "folks who've lost their jobs to outsourcing, are continually losing more and more of our nation's social safety net because of the GOP's insistence on coddling the wealthy and multinational corporations, folks who can handle they've been manipulated and lied to by the GOP over and over and over again." ... DO know they have been manipulated and lied to by the GOP over and over again. I have many such folks in my own extended family. Their hate for being so duped by their own political party has transferred itself into their hate (and blame) at President Obama for their own party's ineptness and is so ingrained that there is no reasoning with any of them. God knows I've tried. Two sentences into a conversation, I'll start hearing their old standby of "they all do it". I could go on and on with examples that I suspect we have all heard over and again.

    If they are too stubborn to acknowledge how foolish they have become, and too lost to do anything constructive but whine, it is up to the rest of us who actually have been able to see the handwriting on the walls to vote en masse for them.

    Not only or they sake, but ours as well.

    August 22, 2013 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  14. Maria Rivera-Carvalho

    Watching the insane hatred of the Republicans consume the party into oblivion is a beautiful thing to behold.

    August 22, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  15. Steve

    I am so tired of the GOP. Yes, I'm a Democrat, and I may not agree with many of their positions, but that isn't the point. All we have seen from the GOP since President Obama was elected into office has been a complete lack of governing for the people. The GOP has voted 40 times to repeal the Patient Affordable Care Act, although it is law and has been upheld as Constitutional by SCOTUS. Now they are hoping to impeach him, if only they had evidence of wrongdoing. Many of the GOP (Tea Party group) is threatening to force a government shutdown and default on our debts just because they don't agree with the law. This childish behavior paramount to a tantrum has to stop. Not only are they wasting time and money, but they are providing no focus to the items that are of utmost importance to the US. And for the record, as much as I disliked George W. Bush's policies and tactics, I would say the same about Dems if they had spent years taking pointless votes to overturn them. It's time that the US (regardless of party affiliation) demand more from our representatives. We can, and will always disagree regarding numerous things. But one thing we should all agree on is stop with this nonsense, stop looking to create problems, and for once, legislate to fix the issues we face.

    August 22, 2013 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  16. Tim

    There is more than enough evidence to impeach Obama. He has regularly ignored laws and the Constitution. The proceedings should begin without delay. Prosecution of Holder and other Obama cronies should begin as well. American can then begin to recover from the disaster that has been Barack Hussein Obama and the Democrats.

    August 22, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  17. noneyo

    Wow... wanting to impeach the President and talking with historians and lawyers about how to do it without even discussing what he is being impeached for...

    This is unsurprising and saddening. Impeachment is for "high crimes and misdemeanors" and this Representative is saying on record that he wants to impeach him because he disagrees with him. At least the GOP had a veneer of an excuse with Clinton even though it involved questionable charges that were prompted by the search for some kind of thing to charge him with.

    If there is one thing that makes me frustrated about all this it is the way Obama has been guilty until proven innocent from the day he stepped in office and before that even. Every bad thing happens because of him and every good thing happens in spite of him. The level of hatred for this man and the eagerness with which people seek evidence to confirm pre-existing biases is just unprecedented.

    Why? What has he done that is so egregious that every other president has not done? Bush did completely illegal wiretaps... yet Obama is being lambasted over something that had oversight from the Judicial branch via a bill FISA that Congress passed. The CIA, an executive branch entity screwed up and took the fall for bad intel on Iraq, yet Obama is somehow directly at fault for everything every employee of every agency does from "fast and furious" to IRS. GOP reps keep looking and don't find anything so they declare that it must be some sort of grand cover up.

    You know I always used to get annoyed when I saw other liberals playing the "race card" with Obama. But the way he is being treated is starting to make me wonder what could possibly prompt this absurd and unjust overreaction to anything and everything he does.

    August 22, 2013 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  18. Dee

    These comments coming from a representative of the House is terrible and these comments always come from old white head men who have nothing but prejudice in their heart. President Obama is smart enough not to be trapped by these people if they could have found wrong doings on him they would have had it. These people keep the country from moving forward.

    The young people that I work with and encounter thinks these people are crazy they said they set no example for them in the government and they are not prejudice we are from a different mind set and generation and they don't understand it. The hold reason for all the discord is they will never accept a black man in the White House this stuff is engrained in them and is generational. GOD BLESS THEM

    August 22, 2013 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  19. Republican Independent

    The trouble with certain people in the Republican Party is that they do not think ahead and Bentivolio is a classic example.

    Go ahead, impeach Obama and maybe even get a conviction that throws him out of office.

    Now Biden is President and will have at least two years of experience on which to campaign. The GOP presidential candidate in 2016 suddenly finds himself running against an established incumbent, thus placing the Republican ticket at a distinct disadvantage. Unless BIden does something really dumb, he'd be re-elected because historically, American voters re-elect incumbents ... unless they are completely useless like Carter and Bush 41.

    Also, throwing Obama out of office will send a chilling message to the very minorities that the GOP so desperately needs. It will tell them that the GOP is still a white-man's club and while you can cut my lawns, cook my food and serve my tea, we won't let you run things.

    August 22, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  20. Just a thought

    The GOP/tea trolls posting support for this maniac should take a civics course on articles of impeachment. The truly problems for these imbeciles is the missing factoid "high crimes". So continue to post your support for this idiocy TeaTrolls. We already realize you are the party of the vapid......Listen Teatrolls having a brain isn't illegal yet....get off the faux news hatred

    August 22, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  21. independent individual

    Politics.. a word simply residing in the dictionary. But oh how tasking the word can sometimes be.
    Thank goodness for the on and off switch of electronic devices and the occasional aspirin as well.

    August 22, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  22. askdavey

    2016 the year the gop starts commiting sucide, when the dems win the whitehouse in 2016 the gop can rethink again what went wrong......and they can start with the load mouth hateful speaches they gave the 8 years before, oh wait.... will the latinos be off there list and Asian;s will be the new courting talking points....don't forget the 2014 mid terms ....when we get to hear all the lies in their tv comm.

    August 22, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  23. Just a thought

    Since when is there support for someone that spends his every waking hour just hating a President whose only crime appears to be saving this country from the disaster created by lil Dubya and Darth Cheney. We lost thousands of lives and suffered 100's of thousands of casualties looking for non-existent WMDs...did we miss where Pres Obama criminally participated in this activity?....He actually voted against the Iraq war...But the impeachable offense would have been stupidity (more than anything)

    August 22, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  24. michael10sley

    When Congress stops lying (especially Republicans) the sun won't come up the next day. Bentivolio is just another idiot to throw on the pile of Republican dimwits.
    Latest from CNN is that President Obama is_ somehow responsible for Katrina even though GWBush was in his second term of ruining the country. I hope no Republican Congressman stubs their toe or gets a hangnail today......

    August 22, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  25. Tony

    It will be a dream come true if voters vote the stupid Republicans out of Congress. No reason is needed, but here is one: they are a complete waste of time and space. They are failures, even by their own standards. Boehner said that Republicans should be judged by how many laws they repeal. Even by that standard, Republicans are complete failures.

    August 22, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
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