House GOPer: Obama Impeachment Talk Is A ‘Trap’

Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C. gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 11, 2011, to discuss the budget. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)
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Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) last week said that Democrats are “desperate” for House Republicans to impeach President Obama, but warned the GOP against falling into such a “trap.”

“Believe me, let’s make one thing perfectly clear. The only people who want impeachment more than the right wing of the Republican Party is the entire Democrat Party,” Mulvaney said in an interview with WQSC 1340, according to audio obtained by Buzzfeed.

The congressman said that Democrats are using calls for impeachment to distract from other issues and raise money.

“They’re desperate for impeachment. They would love to be able to talk about impeachment and immigration between now and the November elections, instead of talking about jobs, and the economy, and health care,” he said. “They are desperate to change the dialogue, which is exactly why you heard the president starting to talk about his amnesty cause he’s begging to be impeached.”

But Mulvaney urged Republicans to “follow the constitution” and only impeach Obama for “high crimes and misdemeanors.”

“Let’s not fall into a trap when the guy absolutely wants to be impeached,” he said.

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  1. Avatar for mcbain mcbain says:

    The only people who want impeachment more than the right wing of the Republican Party is the entire Democrat Party

    Couple things:

    1. the right wing of the Republican Party is basically the entire Republican party
    2. it is the Democratic Party, not the Democrat Party

    If you don’t want the Democrats to use impeachment to raise money and motivate the base, then tell your colleagues to stop screaming “Impeach!!” at every campaign rally, or pretty much every time there is a microphone in front of them.

  2. Too late. Boehner will be forced once Obama makes his move on immigration. Can’t wait.

  3. I think “DISTRACTION” has actually supplanted “BENGHAZI” as the GOP shibboleth for 2014.

  4. A Chinese finger trap to be precise.

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