Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA) said Monday he thinks impeachment of President Barack Obama “probably could” pass in the House of Representatives.
“He’s just absolutely ignoring the Constitution, and ignoring the laws, and ignoring the checks and balances,” Barletta said during an appearance on a local radio show, audio of which was first posted by BuzzFeed. “The problem is, you know, what do you do for those that say impeach him for breaking the laws or bypassing the laws. Could that pass in the House? It probably, it probably could.”
Barletta also mentioned the defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor to a little known tea party candidate David Brat, calling the upset a “big message” that people in Washington “better pay attention to.”
Although the Republican congressman said impeachment could pass among fellow lawmakers, he was unsure if the public would be in favor of it.
Last year, a similar declaration about impeachment was made by Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX), who told constituents in his district “you could probably get the votes in the House of Representatives to do it.”
Listen to the audio of Barletta, via BuzzFeed: