According to thehill.com, Blake Farenthold the GOP Representative for Texas claims that the House Republicans have enough votes to impeach President Obama. But he went on to warn that any attempt to remove the president from the White House would not succeed and could ultimately harm the country.
During a August 10, town hall meeting in Luling Texas, the Representative said, “If we were to impeach the president tomorrow, you could probably get the votes in the House of Representatives to do it.”
In a video of the town meeting, Farenthold can be seen responding to a question from one of his constituents as to whether he would support an investigation into the allegations that Barack Obama had forged his own birth certificate before he became president of the United States.
At first Farenthold said that it was regretful that Congress did not take the time to examine the birth certificate more closely and that they did not look closer at President Obama’s eligibility during the 2008 presidential campaign.
He then goes on to explain why House Republicans have not actively gone for impeaching the president. Farenthold, claims that it would harm the country if the house voted to impeach President Obama and the Democratic controlled Senate refused to make the president step down.
The former Texas lawyer went on to say, “What message do we send to America if we impeach Obama and he gets away with what he’s impeached for and is found innocent?” Farenthold went on to cite the 1998 failed attempt by the Republican Party to impeach, President Bill Clinton after the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal.
Lewinsky had claimed that between November 1995 and March 1997, she and President Clinton had nine sexual liaisons that included acts of fellatio and other sexual activities in the Oval Office, but that they had not actually had full sexual intercourse.
Then President Clinton was charged with perjury, which he countered by saying that “I did have a relationship with Miss Lewinsky that was not appropriate.” The president then denied committing perjury because, according to Clinton, the “legal” definition of oral sex was not encompassed by “sex” per se.
The president also relied on the definition of “sexual relations” as proposed by the prosecution and agreed upon by the defense and by Judge Susan Webber Wright. Clinton’s defense claimed that because the sexual acts were performed on him, not by him that he did not actually engage in sexual relations with Lewinsky.
Referring to the Clinton sex scandal, Farenthold said, “As a result of impeaching President Clinton, we’ve redefined what sex is to a lot of our young people, and we’ve said that it’s OK to lie to Congress.”
Farenthold is the latest GOP lawmaker to call into question the president’s issue of citizenship, last week the Oklahoma Republican Representative Markwayne Mullin also told a constituent that he personally had reservations about the president’s claim to citizenship, but that investigating the issue was not politically possible.
On August 3, the Republican Representative Ted Yoho, said to one of his constituents that he would support a bill calling for an investigation into the possibility of whether Obama had forged his own birth certificate.
The fact that a House Republican has claimed that there would be enough votes to impeach President Obama is disturbing and shows just how far the division in our government goes. It is also frightening to see how much credibility that the accusations of the president forging his birth certificate is given.
By Michael Smith