Republican strategist Karl Rove on Tuesday blasted the Obama administration for fundraising off impeachment chatter from the right, even as he chided those Republicans who put fuel on the impeachment fire in the first place.
“[Obama] wants nothing more than Republican and conservative leaders to step forward and say, ‘We agree, we ought to try and impeach him,’” Rove said on Fox News’ “On The Record With Greta Van Susteren.” “That’s what the president wants. Just like he wanted people to step forward on the birther issue, because he knew it undermined the credibility of the Republicans and conservatives and served his, President Obama’s, purposes.”
Rove accused the President of concocting a “constitutional crisis” in order to line the Democratic Party’s coffers and energize his base ahead of pivotal midterm elections.
“This man is playing with the American people by suggesting a constitutional crisis where none exists,” he said. “Shame on him, shame on those people in his administration who participate with him, and shame on those conservatives and Republicans who help him along.”
The GOP strategist pointed out that House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said his caucus has no plans to impeach the president and claimed there was “no serious Republican leader” who has stepped forward with justification for such a maneuver.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) would not rule out impeaching President Obama, however, after he was asked about the prospect three times on “Fox News Sunday.”
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