Whenever the Fox Business Channel is mentioned one hears the familiar refrain, “If you don’t get it, demand it! This week proved why this is so: the channel, which challenges Republican Party orthodoxy, exploded with talk of impeaching Barack Obama for his non-recess “recess” appointments.
Rep. Bill Johnson, R-OH, started things Thursday when he told Neil Cavuto, “Tomorrow morning, I’m going to launch an effort to reach out to attorneys…to give me their views” about whether Obama had violated the Constitution.
“Whoa, whoa! You just buried the lead here!” Cavuto said. “That sounds like an impeachable offense.” Johnson replied, “Yeah. If they determine this is a violation of the Constitution, I’m going to ask them to represent me in a lawsuit against President Barack Obama to hold him in compliance and accountable with the Constitution.”
“If you are not doing something the Constitution says you should be doing, that’s an impeachable offense,” Cavuto responded. “What you’re telling me is that if lawyers agree upon investigating what you’re saying that the president has ignored the Constitution…what you’re telling me is that the president has committed acts that are impeachable offenses.”
Congressman Johnson stated simply, “If that’s what it’s called, if that’s the legal term for it, then that’s what it’s called.”
On Friday, Neil dedicated much of his show to the controversy. Cavuto said if the president is guilt of violating the Constitution, “that, my friend, is the technical definition of impeachment.”
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Both Congressmen Johnson and Culberson said President George W. Bush had pursued programs of dubious constitutionality, and Congress must assert its authority in the future.
Cavuto finally turned to Ronald Reagan’s attorney general, Ed Meese, whose remarks deserve their own post.
As the president or running for re-election, a growing number of influential lawmakers and opinion-shapers ask whether he should complete the remaining time of his term.