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Dan Pfeiffer: Ted Cruz 'has the power' in the House

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White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer fueled speculation Sunday that Republicans would bring impeachment charges against President Obama, saying the GOP-controlled House listens mainly to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, not Speaker John Boehner.

Appearing on ABC’s “This Week,” Pfeiffer suggested that Boehner had little influence over what happens in the lower chamber.

“Five days before the government shutdown, the speaker said there’s no way we shut the government down over health care, and lo and behold, we did,” Pfeiffer said. “And in the House of Representatives, John Boehner might have the gavel, but Ted Cruz has the power.”

Cruz, however, is not calling for Obama’s impeachment.

Democrats accused Cruz of scuttling an initial border bill in the lower chamber last week after he hosted a meeting with Republican House members. But Cruz denies that he told them to vote against the border package.

Republicans ultimately united behind a border plan after tweaking the legislation to appease staunch conservatives. But the Senate did not take up the bill.

The White House has eagerly talked about impeachment in recent days, knowing that the issue fires up the Democratic base and helps progressives raise money ahead of the 2014 midterms.

And Pfeiffer Sunday refused to entertain the idea that impeachment was an impossibility.

“When the House takes an unprecedented step to sue the president of the United States for — and to — even though he is issuing executive orders at the lowest rate in 100 years,” he said, “I think it would be foolish to discount the possibility.”

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