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

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. Revolution

    I think his friend is just being nice! Impeach this clown !

    August 22, 2013 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  2. Mike in Texas

    Saying he is coming close to an impeachable offense is like saying I drive right at the speed limit. Doesn't matter if I go right at the speed limit or 5 mph under, I'm still not speeding.

    The Republicans can never come up with anything specific about impeachable offenses which tells me they have nada.

    Once Obama was elected the Republican's #1 job was to make Obama a one term president. They failed; however since they created this fervor and fanatical hatred towards the President they put themselves in a rock and a hard place and now are stuck with extremists who keep moving further right anytime Obama moves to the center. Hell, they have tried to defund a Republican Health Care Plan (Individual Mandate) 40 times.

    August 22, 2013 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  3. dmx

    Let's see impeaching Obama, all world problems will be eradicated! GOP have no purpose in life...

    August 22, 2013 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  4. jinx9to88

    Mr. Coburn – You dont know why Obama should be impeached but he is close to being impeached! Does anyone else think this sounds weird? These GOP bums are hilarious!

    August 22, 2013 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  5. dan from tx

    "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"
    In other words "I don't know anything about this issue, but here is my opinion on it".

    August 22, 2013 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  6. Mikey

    For what???!!!!!!!

    August 22, 2013 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  7. MaryM

    Wow, These republicans are pandering to their extremist base and are moving way to far to the right. That is a good way to alienate moderates and independents. Like Bob Dole said he and Reagan would not be welcome in the Republican/Tea party today

    August 22, 2013 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  8. papanez

    What a dirt bag. These GOP'ers cannot stand Obama, refuse to work with him, and continuously find ways to undermine him. It shameful and disgusting.

    August 22, 2013 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Where is our mr. Obama ? He is not working.

    August 22, 2013 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  10. sammy750

    Corbin is full of it, The Republicans have no legal action to take against Obama. The real impeachments should be against the Republicans who is threaten Obama, The Justice Dept should be reviewing what Republicans are saying.

    August 22, 2013 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  11. sammy750

    Evidence of wrongdoing is ZERO. The Republicans are threatening Terrorist to the American people. The Republicans should be charged for TREASON. For both words and actions they have said against Obama and his policies. Republicans are trying to block this nation from operating. We just have to look at Republican controlled states to see what Republicans state for. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has taken all the rights from the people. Along with his buddies Art Pope who funds the Republicans and Pete Gilbert who is stopping all college students from voting. These are the enemy of the people of NC.

    August 22, 2013 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  12. ak_steve

    Blah, blah, blah. That is all I hear from Republicans. Blah, Blah, wah, wah. Cry, whine, cry.

    Will they get to work or they continue to rake in huge salaries, extended vacations and all the other perks and do nothing?

    My money is on nothing. I think they forgot how to do anything but whine, complain and blame. Boo-hoo...

    August 22, 2013 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  13. CALiberal

    Well....Lord knows I'm all for impeaching Tom Coburn, but thank the almighty that those tea-people won't be around long enough for any such foolishness.

    August 22, 2013 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  14. Dallas

    Have you lost your mind? If you couldn't impeach Bush and Cheney, you certainly can't impeach President Obama. Stop this foolishness and get to work and do something for the nation.

    August 22, 2013 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  15. Canuck

    Obama was truly an inspiration when first elected – its so sad to realise that he's just another corporate lackey without the courage of his convictions. I really don't care if he is impeached, he is such a huge disappointment to progressives.

    August 22, 2013 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  16. ED1

    Don't worry about the Middle East Obama a bus tour is much more important.

    Another reason that the people that voted for this no leadership president should worry.

    The Republicans won the House again for a reason to keep Obama in check.

    August 22, 2013 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  17. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    All you GOP sheep sat back and enjoyed the show as Bush fiddled and the US burned; you never once called for impeachment proceedings. President Obama is a much better president than Bush and he operates with more dignity and is more ethical than any of you slime bag wannabees.

    August 22, 2013 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    He is not nearing it, he has passed the grounds for impeachment. Nixon has done far less when he gave up his presidency. This has gone on so long with Obama because we have no Leaders in Congress. His Obamacare actions alone, are more than enough cause for his impeachment. Obamacare is the law of the land, and Obama cannot delay its implementation, only Congress can. We need leaders with a backbone, not the spineless cowards that are presently in office.

    August 22, 2013 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  19. Common Sense

    Obama has long passed the grounds for impeachment. His recent actions on delaying the implementation of Obamacare is more than sufficient. It is the law of the land, and Obama has no authority to delay it, only Congress has. Nixon did far less than Obama and he resigned. Of course the media had a lot to do with Nixon's resignation, but Obama can get away with anything.

    August 22, 2013 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  20. S. B. Stein

    IF Coburn can't identify any charges, then there is nothing really worthy to take up the time of Congress.

    August 22, 2013 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  21. jpcali

    "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,"

    That says it all. This politician is pandering.

    August 22, 2013 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  22. Jay

    Does it have anything to do with the $100,000,000 missing from HUD to pay for Drug Addicts to live above the Blind and Seniors?

    August 22, 2013 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  23. MB

    Really? And you think this is the way that republicans will actually win seats and so forth? How do you think the voters who elected him would react to that? By staying home? That is very unlikely to happen. The ironic thing is that the dems and the GOP need each other. But the GOP continues to self destruct.....

    August 22, 2013 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  24. Just a thought

    wow.....I'm shocked

    August 22, 2013 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  25. Just a thought

    I want to see these proceedings,,,,, popcorn please

    August 22, 2013 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
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