GOP congressman says House ‘probably’ has votes to impeach Obama

Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.) said in a Monday radio interview that the GOP-controlled U.S. House "probably" has the votes to impeach President Obama.

"We have a president that's taken this to a new level. And it's put us in a real position where he’s just absolutely ignoring the Constitution and ignoring the laws and ignoring the checks and balances. You know, the problem is, you know, what do you do for those that say impeach him for breaking the laws or bypassing the laws? You know, could that pass in the House? It probably could," Barletta said on the Gary Sutton radio show. "Is the majority of the American people in favor of impeaching the president? I’m not sure."

Buzzfeed posted audio of the exchange online Monday. Just before Barletta's remark, Sutton was talking about immigration.

Barletta's spokesman Tim Murtaugh did not immediately return a request for comment. But he told a local newspaper that Barletta was not advocating impeachment.

Murtaugh told the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader that Barletta's full response to frustrated Americans who suggest impeachment is: "Could that pass the House? Probably. Would the Senate ever convict? Certainly not. There’s not the will nationally to remove the president, so would it be wise to pursue that? Or would it be harmful to the country? Surely the latter.’ He is not advocating or proposing it.”

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.

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