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GOP Rep.: Impeaching Obama Would 'Risk Tremendous Public Backlash'

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He told Amherst County, Va., civic leaders at a luncheon that the public may see impeachment as a political attempt to attack an opposition president, according to the Lynchburg, Va. News & Advance.

"So just doing it for the point of doing it and then losing — because you would lose in the United States Senate where you have to have a two-thirds majority to [remove a president] — would weaken rather than strengthen the cause," Goodlatte said.

"You risk tremendous public backlash to the system unless the public strongly supports what you want to do," he continued. "And it still wouldn’t resolve the underlying issues we’re talking about."