Boehner to WH: Stop Saying I Want Impeachment

Lawsuit filed by House speaker will motivate GOP to go after prez, says Obama aide

By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 25, 2014 2:35 PM CDT

(Newser) – There’s nothing to suggest that John Boehner has changed his mind since the last time he said he doesn’t want to impeach the president—but that didn’t stop a senior White House aide this morning from saying he thinks the door for Republicans to make that happen is still more than slightly ajar. Speaking at the Christian Science Monitor journalism forum this morning, Dan Pfeiffer warned reporters that the health care lawsuit initiated by the House speaker against Obama was a catalyst for impeachment-happy Republicans, according to the Huffington Post.

Pfeiffer’s reactions came one day after a House panel voted to authorize Boehner's lawsuit, a move that former Republican VP candidate Paul Ryan tells MSNBC is necessary to harness the "lawlessness of the [Obama] administration." At this morning's breakfast, the White House aide cited a rabble-rousing Sarah Palin, a CNN poll released today showing 57% of GOPers in favor of impeachment, and the ongoing border immigration crisis as his main reasons for believing that an impeachment filing is a nearly done deal. Boehner’s spokesman emailed an official sigh-and-eyeroll to Pfeiffer this morning about the administration’s "inattention" to the immigrant influx and the "mixed signals" from Pfeiffer's breakfast banter, stating, "It is telling, and sad, that a senior White House official is focused on political games … rather than helping these kids and securing the border."

Speaker of the House John Boehner talks with reporters about the border crisis, veterans' health care, and future funding on Capitol Hill on July 24, 2014.
Speaker of the House John Boehner talks with reporters about the border crisis, veterans' health care, and future funding on Capitol Hill on July 24, 2014.   (AP Photo)
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