House Speaker John Boehner torched Democrats on Tuesday over talk of impeaching President Barack Obama, insisting that Republicans have no such plans and that Democrats are using the issue to gin up their base.
“Listen, this whole talk about impeachment is coming from the president’s own staff, and coming from Democrats on Capitol Hill. Why? Because they’re trying to rally their people to give money and to show up in this year’s election,” the Ohio Republican told reporters, in response to a question.
“We have no plans to impeach the president. We have no future plans,” a visibly frustrated Boehner said. “Listen, it’s all a scam started by Democrats at the White House.”
White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer made waves last week when he said Republicans have “opened the door” to impeachment by moving to sue Obama, saying it would be “foolish to discount the possibility.” Over the last week, national Democrats have sent at least a dozen fundraising emails to prospective donors which mention impeachment, some of them suggesting it’s imminent.