Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-TX) last week said that while moving to impeach President Obama would likely be unsuccessful and could hurt the Republican party, it’s still something the House should consider.
“I do believe that if the president had impeachment proceedings run against him in the House, that I think there’s a very slim chance that the House would vote to impeach,” Marchant said last week during a town hall, according to a video obtained by Buzzfeed. “That doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be done, and that doesn’t mean that shouldn’t be something that we consider.”
The congressman told his constituents that an Obama decision to grant “amnesty to a large population of illegals in the country” would likely be the “defining moment” that pushes the House toward impeachment.
But he also warned that impeachment could backfire on the GOP. He mentioned that Democrats have been using impeachment buzz to fundraise.
“They’re using it as a scare tactic to try to keep us from taking over the Senate,” he said.
Marchant added that most Americans don’t support impeaching the president.
“If we move against the will of the people, there will be a violent reaction, and I do not think we will win the Senate,” he said. “So let’s focus on winning the Senate first.”