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GOP congressman: Impeaching Obama would be a ‘dream come true’

Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Mich.) said Monday that he consulted lawyers about potentially impeaching President Obama, but that he ultimately decided there wasn't enough evidence.

Bentivolio said he examined the matter after an encounter with Obama that left him disgusted.

"I went back to my office, and I had lawyers come in,” Bentivolio said at a town hall Monday. “These are lawyers, PhDs in history. And I said, ‘Tell me how I can impeach the President of the United States.’”

Bentivolio said he would need a smoking gun, such as an e-mail from the president directing the IRS to target conservatives.

Failing that, he said, it's not plausible. But that doesn't mean he doesn't want to do it.

"If I could write that bill, it'd be a dream come true," Bentivolio said. "But because he is president, I have to respect the office. That's my job as a congressman."

Bentivolio isn't the only House Republican to talk about impeachment. Recently, Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) said there are enough votes in the House to impeach Obama. Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) has also talked about potentially impeaching the president.

Bentivolio came out of nowhere to win his congressional seat after Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.) failed to qualify due to fraudulent ballot petitions.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.



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