White House: Don’t Discount GOP Calls To Impeach Obama

Source: Jake Miller / CBS News

Democrats shouldn’t be so quick to discount Republican calls to impeach President Obama, a top aide to the president said Friday, warning that House Republicans may be more eager to act on the threat of impeachment than people realize.

“I think a lot of people in this town laugh that off,” said White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer at a breakfast organized by the Christian Science Monitor. “I would not discount that possibility. I think that Speaker Boehner, by going down this path of this lawsuit, has opened the door to Republicans possibly considering impeachment at some point in the future.”

House Republicans are preparing to file suit against the president for what they see as executive overreach, accusing Mr. Obama of exceeding the limits of his authority by unilaterally delaying portions of his health care reform law. They’ve voiced similar concerns about other executive orders on immigration and the economy.

Pfeiffer said Friday that nobody has alleged anything within “six universes” of an impeachable offense, but he’s not prepared to bet the farm on the restraint of the House Republican caucus.

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