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Obama action on immigration should spark impeachment talk, GOP lawmaker says

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said Sunday that Congress should work toward impeaching President Obama if he moves forward with an executive order that could allow millions of illegal immigrants to stay in the United States without fear of deportation.

"I think Congress needs to sit down and have a serious look at the rest of the Constitution, and that includes the 'I' word that none of us want to say," King said on "Fox News Sunday." 

King said an executive order by Obama would put the nation in a "constitutional crisis" that would make looking at impeachment a necessity.

"If that's not enough to bring that about, I don't know what would be," King said. 

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) said a president has every right to push through executive orders. There is, he said, "no real credibility" to King's claim.


Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), center, and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) pass through Statuary Hall after a vote on Capitol Hill. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

"The focus really should be on doing what's right for the American people, dealing with the pocketbook issues important to the middle class," Jeffries said. 

The comments come days after House Speaker John Boehner said impeachment is not on the table.

"We have no plans to impeach the president. We have no future plans," Boehner said, adding that talk of impeachment is "all a scam" driven by Democrats as they look toward the midterm elections.

Speaking on ABC's "This Week," senior White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer said it would be "foolish to discount the possibility" that Republicans could move to impeach Obama.

"John Boehner may have the gavel, but Ted Cruz has the power," Pfeiffer said. 

Democrats have used the talk of impeachment and House Republicans voting to proceed with a lawsuit against Obama to fill their fundraising coffers. Last weekend, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee pulled in $2.1 million, largely tied to pitches that referenced Republican speculation of impeachment proceedings against Obama.

Katie Zezima is a national political correspondent covering the 2016 presidential election. She previously served as a White House correspondent for The Post.

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