The Hill: Democrats Have Raised Impeachment Some 20 Times More Often Than Republicans

260px-capitol_building_full_viewI recently wrote on the issue of impeachment that has been reportedly so widely in the media. As I noted in the column and in prior interviews, there is no serious move toward impeachment by the Republicans and most of the impeachment talk has come from the White House and Democrats, including in fund-raising campaigns. Indeed, I was critical of the Washington Post column after one of the hearings in which I testified on executive over-reach. While the issue of impeachment was mentioned only a handful of times and usually to dismiss it as an option, the column was entitled “Republicans see One Remedy for Obama — Impeachment.” It seems that even denying impeachment as an option still constitutes discussing impeachment. Now The Hill newspaper has looked at the congressional record to see who is raising impeachment more often. The result was that Democrats raised the issue 20 times more often than Republicans, who barely uttered the “I” word.

The Hill found just 4 references to impeachment on the House and Senate floors by Republicans while finding 86 such references by Democrats.

Of course, the issue remains a cash cow for Democrats with millions being raised to fight off impeachment when the money could be just as well spent on chupacabra repellant. As of yet, President Obama has not committed an impeachable act and Speaker Boehner has steadfastly ruled out such an effort in the House.

The top three House Democratic leaders — Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.) and Assistant Democratic Leader James Clyburn (S.C.) also have all been flogging the impeachment horse. The black caucus has also been active in raising the issue, including Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee who raised it 18 times. She is followed by Georgia Rep. Hank Johnson (six times), New York Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (nine times), CBC Chairwoman and Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge (once), California Rep. Barbara Lee (twice), New Jersey Rep. Donald Payne (once), North Carolina Rep. G.K. Butterfield (twice) and Maryland Rep. Donna Edwards (once). Other members discussing impeachment are Reps. Kurt Schrader (Ore.), Bill Pascrell (N.J.), Steven Horsford (Nev.), Luis Gutierrez (Ill.), Louise Slaughter (N.Y.), Jackie Speier (Calif.), Chris Van Hollen (Md.) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.), the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.

Source: The Hill

261 thoughts on “The Hill: Democrats Have Raised Impeachment Some 20 Times More Often Than Republicans”

  1. Schulte: “RTC – you have a cite to that?”

    Yes, The House Intelligence Committee’s report on Benghazi.

    If you have a computer at home, you can log into either the House of Representatives website or C-Span, search for the Intelligence Committee’s report on Benghazi.

    I have to caution you that it will taste very bitter in comparison to the Kool-Aid you’re used to.

    Can’t find way to copy and paste the pledge that promises initiate and work for impeachment:

    Candidates for SENATE who’ve signed the pledge
    •Shak Hill, Virginia

    •Bill Connor, South Carolina

    •Mark Callahan, Oregon

    •Sharon Hansen, Illinois

    •Derrick E. Grayson, Georgia

    •Jo Rae Perkins, Oregon

    •William R. Collins, Colorado

    •Timothy Dahlberg, Arizona

    •Cheryl L. Smith, Florida

    •Wilburn Pointer, Florida

    •Laura Wittenzellner, New York

    •Richard Ball, Florida

    •Mike Davis, Ohio

    •Catherine White, Tennessee

    •Patricia A. McMinimy, Texas

    •Anne Leonard, Michigan

    •Lou J Apa, North Carolina

    •Frank Lowry, Oklahoma

    •Leon Mysiewicz, Michigan

    •Jim Mathieu, Virginia

    •Bailous Sutton, Florida

    •Ray Moore, North Carolina

    •Enoch Gonyea, Michigan

    •William L. Lee, Arizona

    •Ralph Matzel, Texas

    •Elroy Fredriks, California

    •Alvan Gerald Alderson, Florida

    •Richard Peterson, California

    •Joy Watson, Washington

    •Joshua Ramos, Florida

    •Merrill Rasmussen, Utah

    •Deborsh Lefrancoid, California

    •Jeffery Lanham, Georgia

    •Dale E. Mueller, Wisconsin

    •Karen D. Roth, Texas

    •Patsy Dean, North Carolina

    •David Hiles, Washington

    •Dewey Beckelheimer, Indiana

    •Robert Puls, Minnesota

    Candidates for HOUSE who’ve signed the pledge
    •Charlotte Bergmann, Tennessee Dist. 9

    •Martin Baker, Missouri Dist. 1

    •Brian L. Tharp, Missouri Dist. 6

    •Douglas Radcliffe North, Michigan Dist. 7

    •Karen Mueller, Wisconsin Dist. 3

    •Jason Yates, Oregon Dist. 1

    •Ron Vincent, Mississippi Dist. 4

    •David Lawrence Cox, Colorado Dist. 3

    •Matthew C Waldren, Iowa Dist. 2

    •Paul Hannosh, California Dist. 8

    •Darwin Carter, Georgia Dist. 1

    •Diane Vann, Georgia Dist. 12

    •Larry Meyers, Utah Dist. 2

    •John Anderson, Ohio Dist. 10

    •David Macko, Ohio Dist. 14

    •Matthew Ashworth, Ohio Dist. 8

    •Craig Bowden, Utah Dist. 1

    •Philip Doyle, North Carolina Dist. 5

    •Paige Milligan, Indiana Dist. 2

    •Tavish Kelly, Mississippi Dist. 4

    •Earl Martin, Georgia Dist. 1

    •Shawn Grammont, Maryland Dist. 4

    •Joseph Anastacio Glean, Virginia Dist. 6

    •Norman Schroeder, California Dist. 39

    •William Stohlton, Colorado Dist. 5

    •Timothy Dahlberg, Arizona Dist. 6

    •Autumn Cooley, California

    •David Simmons, Florida

    •Mike Henning, Wisconsin

    •Linda Conway, Florida

    •James Sehrt, California

    •Patricia Eden, Delaware

    •Deb Wilson, Texas

    •Joseph Krendel, Colorado

    •Ernest Wheeler Sr, Texas


  3. Seems to me that the person with sole responsibility is Nancy Pelosi who failed to vet presidential candidates for eligibility as one of her duties. Am I wrong?
    Has this been investigated as to why? Is Congress holding her accountable? Why not?

  4. Karen here is more: here’s the Republican House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon: “Contrary to news reports, [Lieutenant Colonel S.E.] Gibson was not ordered to ‘stand down’ by higher command authorities … he would not have been able to get to Benghazi in time to make a difference.”)
    Notice he is the Republican Chairman.

    Take a moment to read the article as well as linksabove if you are interested in looking past your parochial reactive statements when it comes to theis administration and president

  5. Karen you don’t care about the truth re Benghazi only the right wing talking points.

    This from Michael Morell, a former deputy and acting CIA director and the man who revised the infamous “talking points” that said the September 2012 attack on American facilities in Libya had grown out of a protest. The talking points are key to the Republicans’ claims that President Obama tried to hide the true nature of the terrorist attack because the presidential election was just weeks away.

    Morell, a now-retired career intelligence official who served under six presidents and was with George W. Bush in Florida on the day of the 2001 terrorist attacks, has the credibility to validate the conspiracy theories Republicans have been floating about Benghazi. But instead, he used the rare public session to rebut the accusations.

    “I never allowed politics to influence what I said or did — never,” he testified. “None of our actions were the result of political influence in the intelligence process — none. . . . The White House did not make any substantive changes to the talking points, nor did they ask me to.” He called the talking points — which turned out to be wrong — “the best available information at the time.”

    But I guess he does not have enough veracity for you.

    And here from the armed services committee, just a snippet:
    Mrs. Roby: . . . Do you agree that you and your team were ordered to . . . “stand down?”
    Colonel Gibson: Madam Chairman, I was not ordered to stand down. I was ordered to remain in place. “Stand down” implies that we cease all operations, cease all activities. We continued to support the team that was in Tripoli. We continued to maintain visibility of the events as they unfolded.

    How much more time and money do you want the repubs to waste when they have already had 7 hearings none of which found the results you and the republicans want.
    It is sad that the repubs and their followers are more interested in trying to bring down this president and his presidency then in truth.

  6. Just for you Schulte: The House Intelligence committee concluded the following:

    — Intelligence agencies were “warned about an increased threat environment, but did not have specific tactical warning of an attack before it happened.”

    — “A mixed group of individuals, including those associated with al Qaeda, (Moammar) Khadafy loyalists and other Libyan militias, participated in the attack.”

    — “There was no ‘stand-down order’ given to American personnel attempting to offer assistance that evening, no illegal activity or illegal arms transfers occurring by U.S. personnel in Benghazi, and no American was left behind.”

    — The administration’s process for developing “talking points” was “flawed, but the talking points reflected the conflicting intelligence assessments in the days immediately following the crisis.”

    Now do yourself a favor and get up, and step away from the computer, and get outside. Or at least move around. Remember, sitting is the new smoking.

    Or, continue to sit there and make yourself comfortable. It’s a free country. Me, I’m throwing the canoe in the truck and heading out. Cheers

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