Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly wants to know if Republicans have considered impeaching President Barack Obama for abuse of power, describing it as a “meaningful option.”
In a little-noticed segment last week, the host of the network’s 9 P.M. show “The Kelly File” posed the question to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) when discussing a Supreme Court case about Obama’s expansive use of the recess appointments power to temporarily fill government posts.
“We’ve had lawyers — constitutional lawyers come on this show and say, okay, so when that happens, when you have a president who, in your view or the view of some, is out of control in terms of overreach, you as the lawmaker really have two meaningful options. And the main one that has been used historically is, try to impeach him,” Kelly said. “I mean, is that ever considered? As opposed to running into the courts and trying to get them to do it?”
“The other one,” she said, “is to try to defund the president’s legislation, which of course you guys have tried before.”
McConnell called the defunding option “a less dramatic response” but didn’t explicitly address the impeachment option.