Texas Republican Rep. Bill Flores said at a town hall forum Thursday that if the House of Representatives had an impeachment vote, President Obama would be impeached. Flores said such a vote would be futile because it would fail in the Senate.
“I look at the president, I think he’s violated the Constitution,” Flores said. “I think he’s violated the law. I think he’s abused his power but at the end of the day you have to say if the House decides to impeach him, if the House had an impeachment vote it would probably impeach the president.”
The video was provided to BuzzFeed by former Obama campaign staffer Eric Aguirre, who shot the video last night.
“What’s gonna happen next,” Flores added. “It goes to the Senate and that’s step one. Step two is, the Senate’s got to have 67 votes. You’ve got 46 Republicans and 54 Democrats and independents. I’m not sure all the Republicans would vote for it and I know it’s gonna be hard to get another 21 Democrats to vote for it.”
“If you try and fail, are you willing to put Nancy Pelosi back in the speakership? I’m not,” Flores concluded.
Flores joins a small choir of Republicans who have flirted with the idea of impeaching Obama at town halls throughout the summer, including Sen. Tom Coburn, Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, and Rep. Blake Farenthold.
Likewise, at a town hall on Aug. 28, Indiana Republican Rep. Todd Rokita reportedly said “impeachment is the answer” to President Obama, but the real solution was the ballot box.
“To be honest, impeachment is the answer, but that is a political problem,” Rokita said. “Ultimately [impeachment] is a political process that is very hard to accomplish. It comes back to the people. The ultimate solution is at the ballot box. The last time we were simply out-voted.”
Before Obama decided to go to Congress for a vote on authorization for action in Syria, a number of congressmen said they would bring up articles of impeachment in the president authorized strikes unilaterally.
“If a president on his authority and in direct contravention of the Constitution plunges our nation into war, if that’s not impeachable, what is,” asked California Republican Rep. Tom McClintock in an interview with a local Fox affiliate. “The Constitution does not require consultation. It does not require informing Congress. It requires Congress’ specific act to authorize a war.”
“A bill I put in said any president who bypasses the Congress to bomb another country without provocation, and this is actually in the Constitution, than they should be impeached,” said Republican Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina to a local radio station.