The underground effort by some conservatives to impeach President Obama for picking and choosing which laws to enforce is about to shift into a higher gear with a new book from a noted terrorism prosecutor detailing seven impeachable offenses on topics ranging from immigration to Obamacare.
In Faithless Execution, Andrew C. McCarthy makes the legal case to dump the president, but also hopes to build the political will in Congress and the nation to take the unusual move last used against former President Bill Clinton following the Monica Lewinsky affair.
“You have to make the public case that the president has to be removed,” said McCarthy. “I’m trying to make it,” he said.
McCarthy, a terrorism expert who prosecuted the so-called “blind sheik,” Omar Abdel Rahman, for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, charged that Obama and his administration are destroying the Constitution by ignoring some laws, using the Internal Revenue Service to harass conservative groups and making changes to Obamacare that don't appear legal.
“The victims are people who care if America is the America of the Constitution,” he said at a small briefing about his book due for release June 3. Amazon is already selling it.
McCarthy, also a top former Pentagon official who is now a conservative writer and author, said he expects the left to hit him for suggesting that Obama be impeached, and he conceded that there appears little will to challenge the president.
He joked that even the GOP doesn't want to elevate Vice President Joe Biden by removing Obama. “He's the impeachment insurance,” said McCarthy.
But he warned that if Congress and the nation simply turn the other way, the president will be gifted a “license” to make more potentially “lawless” moves. “I think you are going to see him put the pedal to the metal in a lot of ways,” said McCarthy.
His hope: “The exercise of building the case and unfolding the administration's pervasive lawlessness could pressure the president to reverse course and adhere to the law. That is even if the political case for ousting the president is futile, spotlighting presidential lawlessness could create the political and electoral conditions in which Congress could more effectively counter President Obama’s lawlessness.”
Faithless Execution, from Encounter Books, includes seven articles of impeachment detailing “President Obama’s willful subversion of the Constitution.” Publisher Roger Kimball said the book is one of his firm’s most important because it details the president’s “rampant lawlessness.”
Below are a few of the seven articles of impeachment:
— Refusal to execute laws faithfully. Willful disregard for congressionally enacted, constitutionally valid law, while dictating policy by executive fiat. Including multiple unilaterally decreed amendments to the Affordable Care Act in direct contravention of the law passed by Congress.
— Fraud on the American people. Deliberately misled the American people in the enactment and implementation of Obamacare, and on scandals from Fast & Furious to the IRS harassment of conservative groups to the Benghazi massacre.
— Failure to execute laws faithfully: Immigration. Granting amnesty through executive edict and refusing to enforce existing immigration laws.Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.