GOP Bill Clears Path for Obama's Impeachment

Republican Rep. Walter Jones says president violated war powers
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 12, 2012 5:31 PM CDT
GOP Bill Clears Path for Obama's Impeachment
US President Barack Obama speaks after touring the Rolls-Royce Crosspointe engineering plant in Prince George, Virginia, on March 9, 2012.   (Getty Images)

Calls for President Obama's impeachment have come down the pike before, most recently from Grover Norquist. This time a Republican representative—North Carolina's Walter Jones—has introduced a House resolution that would authorize Obama's impeachment for using the military without official permission from Congress, RawStory reports. Jones, a former Democrat who switched sides in the 1990s, backed Ron Paul in the 2008 election and has been a vocal critic of the president's power to make war.

To quote Jones: “When you talk about war, political parties don’t matter." As for the bill, it doesn't call for Obama's impeachment per se, but says "the use of offensive military force by a president without prior and clear authorization ... violates Congress’s exclusive power to declare war … and therefore constitutes an impeachable high crime." Even if the bill clears the House, however, RawStory notes it will surely die in the gridlocked Senate. For other Obama impeachment calls, check out one from Michele Bachmann and another from a Reagan-era official over the president's use of force in Libya. (Read more President Obama stories.)

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