Texas Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold said that Republicans could secure the votes to impeach Barack Obama in the House of Representatives. Farenthold was speaking at an open house held at a Civic Center in Luling, Texas, Saturday according to a YouTube video description and the Congressman's online schedule. His answer came from a constituent's question about conspiracy theories surrounding President Obama's birth certificate.
"I think unfortunately the horse is already out of the barn on this, on the whole birth certificate issue," Farenthold said. "The original Congress when his eligibility came up should have looked into it and they didn't. I'm not sure how we fix it."
"You tie into a question I get a lot: 'If everyone's so unhappy with the president's done, why don't you impeach him?'" Farenthold continued. "I'll give you a real frank answer about that: If we were to impeach the president tomorrow, you could probably get the votes in the House of Representatives to do it. But it would go to the Senate and he wouldn't be convicted."
The Texas congressman then described the impeachment process, mentioning the vote in the House and the trial in the Senate. Farenthold then said that the failed attempt to remove President Bill Clinton from office through the impeach process actually damaged the country.
Farenthold said he was speaking "half in jest and half seriously," about Clinton because "it's easy to laugh at President Clinton."
"What message do we sent to America if we impeach Obama and he gets away with what he's impeached for and he is found innocent? What then do we say is OK?" the Congressman concluded. "Aside from the fact that it wouldn't be effective, I think there's some potential damage to society that would be done with a failed attempt at impeachment."
Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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