Tom Coburn: Obama “Getting Perilously Close” To The Standard For Impeachment

Buzz Feed – by Andrew Kaczynski

Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn said Wednesday that President Barack Obama was getting “getting perilously close” to the constitutional standard for impeachment. Coburn was speaking at the Muskogee Civic Center in Oklahoma.

“What you have to do is you have to establish the criteria that would qualify for proceedings against the president, and that’s called impeachment,” Coburn said, responding to a question about holding President Obama accountable. “That’s not something you take lightly, and you have to use a historical precedent of what that means. I think there’s some intended violation of the law in this administration, but I also think there’s a ton of incompetence, of people who are making decisions.”  

“Even if there is incompetence, the IRS forces me to abide by the law,” a constituent responded to Coburn.

“No, I agree,” Coburn said. “My little wiggle out of that when I get that written to me is I believe that needs to be evaluated and determined, but thank goodness it doesn’t have to happen in the Senate until they’ve brought charges in the House. Those are serious things, but we’re in a serious time. I don’t have the legal background to know if that rises to high crimes and misdemeanor, but I think they’re getting perilously close.”

Coburn then mentioned a story of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services employees telling him that officials at Homeland Security said to “ignore all the background” and just “approve people.”

“I’m documenting all this stuff as it goes along, but I don’t know where that level is,” Coburn added.

“Barack Obama is personal friend of mine. He became my friend in the Senate but that does not mean I agree in any way with what he’s doing or how he’s doing it. And I quite frankly think he’s in a difficult position he’s put himself in, and if it continues, I think we’re going to have another constitutional crisis in our country in terms of the presidency,” Coburn concluded.

The full video of Coburn’s remarks has been embedded below.

15 thoughts on “Tom Coburn: Obama “Getting Perilously Close” To The Standard For Impeachment

  1. Coburn really only got one thing right here. Impeachment has to begin in the House.
    Parsing his BS leaves us with this comment,
    “Thank God impeachment starts in The House, I and the Senate don’t have the balls to do anything that daring.”

  2. …another NWO Bush/Clinton/Obama War-Criminal-Cabal Boot licker and suck-boy…impeach him as well…convict him of treason..and hang his corrupt-chicken-shit ass with all the rest of them…


    RJ O’Guillory
    Webster Groves – The Life of an Insane Family

  3. “Perilously close?” That’s like saying a drowning man is perilously close to the water. If war crimes, murder, violating half the Bill of Rights and obstruction of justice doesn’t put him over the standard for impeachment what does? Oh that’s right, he’s unimpeachable because that would be racist.

  4. OMG, this is such a joke. “Getting perilously close to standards of impeachment”? He’s gone against and destroyed the entire Constitution and Bill of Rights. What else is there?

  5. Having faith in impeachment is having faith in a government system that operates as it should. It will never happen under this current government administration.

  6. Apparently the procedures governing impeachment are far more stringent than those for treason.

    Judging strictly by the title, that is.

    1. Yup #1,
      It fall back on the nazi dogma, “Tell a lie long enough it becomes the truth.”
      Coburn gets away with that by virtue of the fact few if any sheep have read the Constitution. I’m no lawyer (I hate those ball washing leaches) but I understand the rule of impeachment very well.
      I mean how difficult is article 2, section 4? It is one clearly defined sentence.
      Every time one of those Beltway Buggers say it’s difficult remember two things:
      1. They are not our representatives.
      2. They are congenital liars.
      I could add a #3, The sheep are wilfully, blissfully ignorant.

      1. You are correct Rhums, Obama’s was long ago ready for the hemp rope or at least been usin’ one for awhile.

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