Ryan: Impeachment Talk ‘A Ridiculous Game’ By Obama

House Budget Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Wednesday blamed President Barack Obama for the recent discussions about House Republicans potentially impeaching him.

“I see this sort of a ridiculous game by the president and his political team to try and change the narrative, raise money and turn out their base for an upcoming election that they feel is not going to go their way,” Ryan told reporters at a Washington breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. “And I’ll just leave it at that.”

He accused Obama of rewriting laws, rather than implementing them, but said his transgressions “[do] not rise to the high crimes and misdemeanor level.”

Ryan reiterated that he’ll vote for Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) planned lawsuit against Obama because he believes that’s a “responsible” reaction.

“He’s trying to stand up for congressional prerogatives,” the congressman said. “We want to show we’re not taking this lying down.

The White House has pointed out that at least half-a-dozen House Republicans sympathetically floated the idea of impeachment before Democrats began fundraising off the idea.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sahil Kapur is TPM's senior congressional reporter and Supreme Court correspondent. His articles have been published in the Huffington Post, The Guardian and The New Republic. Email him at sahil@talkingpointsmemo.com and follow him on Twitter at @sahilkapur.
LIKE US ON FACEBOOK