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These Republicans have said they are open to impeaching Obama

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Photo - Doug Bearden, Jonathan Branyon and Christine Reno, from left, wave flags and hold an "Impeach Obama" sign last fall on an overpass over Interstate 75 near Chattanooga, Tenn. (AP Photo/Chattanooga Times Free Press, Angela Lewis)
Doug Bearden, Jonathan Branyon and Christine Reno, from left, wave flags and hold an "Impeach Obama" sign last fall on an overpass over Interstate 75 near Chattanooga, Tenn. (AP Photo/Chattanooga Times Free Press, Angela Lewis)
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Following Sarah Palin's exclusive column for Brietbart calling for President Obama's impeachment over the current border crisis, it may be a good time to point out other Republicans who are at least open to the idea of impeaching the president.

Joni Ernst, Iowa U.S. Senate candidate


Ernst (AP)
Ernst said during a candidate forum in Montgomery County, Iowa, that Obama had “become a dictator” and needed to be reprimanded for his slew of executive actions.

“I do think that yes, he should face those repercussions, and whether that's removal from office, whether that's impeachment...,” Ernst said.


Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla.


Coburn (AP)

Coburn, who's retiring at the end of the congressional year, said during a town hall last year that Obama was coming “perilously close” to committing an impeachable offense.

“I think there's some intended violation of law in this administration, but I also think there's a ton of incompetence,” Coburn said. “I am fed up. I am frustrated. I am happy to raise an issue at every point.”

Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla.


Inhofe (AP)
Inhofe said during a radio interview on “The Rusty Humphries Show” that Obama could face impeachment over the Benghazi cover-up.

“People may be starting to use the I-word before too long,” Inhofe said. “Of all the great cover-ups in history — the Pentagon papers, Iran-Contra, Watergate, all the rest of them — this... is going to go down as [sic] most egregious cover-up in American history.”

The “I-word” meaning impeachment.

But Inhofe was realistic, knowing that Democrats would never go along with such a measure. He said that impeachment could come after the 2014 elections when Republicans are expected to retake the Senate. However, Republicans would need a supermajority in the Senate to impeach, which they won’t have even if they win big in November.

Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C.


Scott (Graeme Jennings, Washington Examiner)
When he was still in the House of Representatives, Scott suggested impeachment was on the table if Obama used the 14th Amendment to bypass Congress and raise the debt ceiling.

“This president is looking to usurp congressional oversight to find a way to get it done without us,” Scott said at a town hall in Dorchester County, S.C. “My position is, that is an impeachable act from my perspective.”

“There are a lot of things people say, 'Are you going to impeach the president over that?' — No. But this? This is catastrophic,” Scott continued. “This jeopardizes the credibility of our nation if one man can usurp the entire system set up by our founding fathers over something this significant.”

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah


Chaffetz (Photo: Graeme Jennings/Washington Examiner)
Chaffetz stated he wouldn't rule out impeachment while discussing the issue with CNN's Wolf Blitzer last year.

“Look, it's not something I'm seeking. It's not the endgame; it's not what we're playing for. I was simply asked, ‘Is that within the realm of possibilities?’ and I would say ‘yes,’” Chaffetz said. “I'm not willing to take that off the table. But that’s certainly not what we’re striving for.”


Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, R-Mich.


Bentivolio (AP)

Last year’s August recess seemed to be full of impeachment talk, as Bentivolio was among many who returned to their districts to answer questions from constituents about the possibility.

“If I could write that bill and submit it, it would be a dream come true,” Bentivolio said, adding that he “can't stand” Obama.


Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas


Farenthold (AP Photo/Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Todd Yates)

Farenthold told constituents in a town hall meeting last August that he gets asked about impeachment a lot.

“I’ll give you a real frank answer about that, if we were to impeach the president tomorrow, we would probably get the votes in the House of Representatives to do it,” Farenthold said.

Farenthold also brought up the issue of a lack of votes for impeachment from Democrats, and said a failed impeachment would damage the country.

“Aside from the fact it wouldn’t be effective, I think there is some potential damage to society that would be done with a failed attempt to impeach him,” Farenthold said.

Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas


Burgess (AP)

Burgess was also asked about impeachment during a town hall meeting and agreed that such a measure needed to be taken to stop the president from imposing his agenda.

“It needs to happen, and I agree with you it would tie things up,” Burgess said. “No question about that.”

“We need to tie things up,” Burgess added later. “The longer we allow the damage to continue unchecked, the worse things are going to be for us.”

Former Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo.


Tancredo (AP)

Tancredo penned an op-ed for, of all places, World Net Daily, in February calling for Obama's impeachment.

“The case for impeaching and removing President Obama grows stronger each week, as the president continues to violate the constitutional limits on his executive powers,” Tancredo wrote.

Tancredo also called for Attorney General Eric Holder's impeachment at a rally in Oklahoma City in April, according to the Red Dirt Report, an independent news website in the state.

“And the problem is, if you don’t impeach him, if you don’t impeach both the president and the attorney general, what you have done is you have established precedence for the next ‘dictator-in-chief,’” Tancredo said.

Former Rep. Allen West, R-Fla.


West (AP)

West, during a radio interview on the D.C. region's WMAL in June, said the House of Representatives should begin the process of impeaching Obama.

West, responding to a question about the release of Taliban militants in exchange for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, said impeachment should be on the table.

“I responded yes, that in this current case, the U.S. House of Representatives should file articles of impeachment against Barack Hussein Obama,” West wrote on his website.

“Ladies and gentlemen, I submit that Barack Hussein Obama’s unilateral negotiations with terrorists and the ensuing release of their key leadership without consult — mandated by law — with the U.S. Congress represents high crimes and misdemeanors, an impeachable offense,” West added.

The Republican Party of South Dakota


South Dakota state flag (Wikimedia Commons)
The South Dakota GOP passed a resolution calling for Obama's impeachment based on a number of offenses, including the Bergdahl release.

“Therefore, be it resolved that the South Dakota Republican Party calls on our U.S. Representatives to initiate impeachment proceedings against the president of the United States,” the resolution stated.

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