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.
Also note Flores doesn't actually have any specific charges to impeach the President over, but it's okay, he's a socialist tyrant or something, and surely there's a law against black Democrats being president somewhere.
The problem is those damn senators, he says. He's not sure they would vote to convict, not even all the Republicans. You know, because Flores is all but admitting that impeachment is really just a partisan hate vote to attack a Democrat who dares to get re-elected. Making up the actual charges comes later in the process.
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said Thursday that President Barack Obama would run the risk of impeachment if he were to put "boots on the ground" in Syria.
McCain spoke to Phoenix KFYI radio host Mike Broomhead after getting grilled by constituents for supporting missile strikes on Syria at a pair of town halls. McCain specified that he did not favor sending American troops into Syria, however.
Laws that Congress passed giving power to the Executive Branch don't apply to Democrats, you know.