Coburn: Obama a 'friend,' but his actions nearing grounds for impeachment
August 22nd, 2013
06:31 PM ET
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Coburn: Obama a 'friend,' but his actions nearing grounds for impeachment

(CNN) – Sen. Tom Coburn became the latest Republican lawmaker to link President Barack Obama to potential grounds for impeachment during a town hall Wednesday.

The Oklahoma Republican – who also said Obama was a "personal friend" – responded to a question from a constituent by asserting that the president's policies were approaching a legal standard for impeachment.

Without using specifics, Coburn cited "intended violation of the law" by Obama's administration, as well as general incompetence of some of his appointees.

"I don't have the legal background to know if that rises to high crimes and misdemeanors – but I think they're getting perilously close," Coburn said, according to a YouTube video posted Thursday.

He also acknowledged that as a senator, he wouldn't play a role in proceedings until the House voted to impeach Obama – but still said he was keeping track of potentially impeachable offenses.

"I'm documenting all this as it does along," he said. "I don't know where that level is – I'm kind of like the lady in the back. I'm fed up. I'm frustrated. I'm happy to raise an issue at every point."

"He's in a difficult position he's put himself in," the Republican lawmaker continued. "And if it continues I think we're going to have another constitutional crisis in this country in terms of the presidency."

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

And in a video posted online Tuesday, Rep. Kerry Bentivolio of Michigan 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."

CNN's Bryan Koenig contributed to this report.

Filed under: President Obama • Tom Coburn
soundoff (131 Responses)
  1. jrs

    Lol impeach. first you have to beak the law

    August 22, 2013 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  2. Econ301

    I love how Republicans seem to think "Maybe should Impeach the President... but I can't tell you exactly why we should..." is going to fly with the voting public and sweep them into office.

    If you can't clearly state your case why he should be impeached perhaps you should stop throwing it around.... if you want to say he should be impeached state your case and say it stop "well sorta, maybe, possibly..." Either have convictions or don't. Trying to split the middle seems like a losing strategy.

    August 22, 2013 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  3. Tommy

    Seems like the right will say anything to get the Tea Party worked up. Bottom line pass a bill for impeachment or stop mentioning it like its something that's realalistic.

    August 22, 2013 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  4. Fish

    Never thought Coburn would sink so low as to be a Foxnut. Saw a poll this morning saying 45% think that Obama was responsible for Katrina which was way before he was President. A testament to the idiocy of the rabid right Foxnut crowd who believe anything but are rarely correct on anything. They are severely hurting our nation with their uneducated voting patterns. They may as well elect Barry Goldwater again as to aid our nation in our challenges at home and abroad.

    August 22, 2013 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  5. NameLindaHardge

    Pres. Obama has done nothing to be impeacched for. All President cabinet members make mistakes. Ask Vice-President Chaney about the time he accidently shot his friend. Republicans tried to impeach President Clinton on bogus charges and this country became the laughingstock of the world. White men in American please believe me when I say you have met your equal. Shocked because he is Black and equally shocked that God would put him there. God is more powerful and will strike down any misguided people that try to replace what he has put in place. Enough said!

    August 22, 2013 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  6. Name

    is just another clowns talk, this is not news cnn please

    August 22, 2013 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  7. Name

    Love these guys! – you can't fake looney – can you?

    August 22, 2013 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  8. penguin

    Notice how nobody says what Obama has done that might amount to an impeachable offense. The House is completely dysfunctional, but I don't think even the do nothing Republicans can be impeached for their complete incompetence

    August 22, 2013 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  9. Norma Vessels

    All the Republicans in Congress seem to be clutching at air to try to find an impeachable offense. I imagine, if we looked into their actions these past few years, we would come up with impeachable reasons to oust them all out of Congress .. so be careful where you put your feet, Republicans .. you may find yourself stepping into the mud instead.

    August 22, 2013 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  10. Kilcourtney

    Wow! Just wow!! This is just out of control at this point. Never have I seen such blind hypocrisy from a party mired in lies and scandal. I work for a Republican strategist
    and can honestly tell you, no single group of people is more dishonest and hateful as they are. This is beyond ignorance and bordering on pure and utter incompetence and stupidity.

    August 22, 2013 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  11. Faux Scandals

    This is what happens when right wing nut and tea nuts meet.

    August 22, 2013 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  12. Liz the First

    This clown's 'president' stole the presidency, let 9/11 happen by choice or pure incompetence, ruined America's reputation in the world, and trashed the global economy, not to mention bungling the Katrina response among many other things. and he wants to impeach OBAMA????? seriously????? these people just cannot control their mindless hate. how did so many of these idiots find their way into the halls of power? this country is better than this!

    August 22, 2013 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  13. Frank

    Oh my God, really? If you hate Obama, it does not matter how good of a president he is. Republicans will not eye a democrat president in a good way just because he is a democrat. So they try to stop every bill.

    August 22, 2013 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  14. Tampa Tim

    Coburn is a fool. Like all brain dead right wingnuts, he has no proof of anything but that is not going to stop him.

    August 22, 2013 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  15. Tampa Tim

    Being black is now an impeachable offense, according to right wingnuts.

    August 22, 2013 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  16. the hippies were right

    Do these idiots even know what a fact is? If one of their leaders told them Obama is really an alien from the planet Republidumb and he is hiding his space ship in the basement of the white house, they'd probably all run home and lock their doors and sleep with their shotguns next to their beds. Coburn has a list, doesn't know what's on it, but it's a big list, and the people all gasp! What a bunch of stupid, stupid people!

    August 22, 2013 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  17. Winston Smith

    Go ahead. Make your play. It's not going to bode well for your party come election time. As a matter of fact, it could be even worse than even I, envision. So please, go ahead. Your hatred, is the only thing propping your entire party up.

    August 22, 2013 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  18. Mike

    Prepare for riots.

    August 22, 2013 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  19. Steve

    What? First they say he's incompetent, then they make sure they won't pass anything he proposes, and then they say he'd running a shaddow government. I agree with another commenter, Cobern is now on the train to GlenBeckisstan.

    August 22, 2013 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  20. Name Lazarus

    Its queit amazing and really sad to witness the audacious spirit of hatred and vermon spew out by these rethuggs to even entertained the idea of impeaching President Obama. I really do believe that Congress should introduce a law that implicates members who makes accussation against a legislative or cabinet members without any facts. This lunatics from the "Party of No", are getting beyond delusional...period

    August 22, 2013 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  21. Glenn Koons

    To whom is Obama a friend????? Corrupt bureaucrats who have poisoned DOD, DOJ, NSA, IRS, HHS??? Surely not to people who believe in the 1st, 2nd, 10th Amendments. Surely not Evangelicals or Catholics. Surely not to those oppose infanticide. Surely not to our military. Exactly Tom, why would this Putin on the Potomac be your friend? And, as for impeachment, go for it. The Dems will vote it down in the Senate and the media slaves like CNN will crucify you for it, but ....even if it is the right thing to do , YOUR FRIEND WILL SURVIVE. And that frankly is too bad for America.

    August 22, 2013 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  22. Zimmerman

    Why republicans are so sinister? They know that with a fair game and elections they will never win again. Now they want impeachment. Shame on you.

    August 22, 2013 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  23. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    Oh, puh-leez ... Senator Coburn has now moved into the delusion-zone of the Republican Party. The more you guys talk ... the more we all know you're nuts!

    August 22, 2013 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  24. ted nugents hat

    Then how about you just stay in the back.

    August 22, 2013 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  25. texasnotea

    This guy has as much credibility as Zimmerman.The party of no still hasn't realized that they are the problem, not the President. Besides obstructing every move this administration has made, what has the republican party done for anybody lately? They have no solution for anything and only offer criticism of the President for trying to govern responsibly. Polls consistently show Americans disapproval with the republican majority House of Representatives and with the republican party as a whole.

    August 22, 2013 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
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