An effort to impeach President Obama will likely move forward very soon as House Republicans are believed to be preparing to file articles of impeachment.
One of the president’s top aides, Dan Pfeiffer, said the White House expects that Obama’s immigration reform efforts will spark impeachment efforts.
“I think a lot of people in this town laugh that off,” said Pfeiffer. “I would not discount that possibility. I think that Speaker Boehner, by going down this path of this lawsuit, has opened the door to Republicans possibly considering impeachment at some point in the future.”
Several Republicans are already publicly calling to impeach President Obama. Sarah Palin has attacked the the president regarding immigration, saying his entire administration has failed to secure the borders and kick out illegal immigrants.
In comments directed at Attorney General Eric Holder, Sarah Palin said, “Illegal immigration hurts all Americans, all races and backgrounds … it hurts legal immigrants and our working class fighting for decent wages. “
Pfeiffer said Palin’s call for articles of impeachment to be drawn are a sign that the tide is turning. Palin has the highest profile of those calling for impeachment, and the public is starting to turn against the president. A CNN poll released Friday shows that 57 percent of Republicans were in favor of it.
“I think impeachment is a very serious thing that has been bandied about by the recent Republican vice presidential nominee and others in a very unserious way,” said Pfeiffer. “And no one has even made any allegation of anything that would be within six universes from what is generally considered in that space.”
John Boehner has said he does not plan to impeach President Obama, and accused the White House of using the issue to distract from more important issues.
Boehner’s spokesman, Michael Steele, said:
We have a humanitarian crisis at our border, and the White House is making matters worse with inattention and mixed signals. It is telling, and sad, that a senior White House official is focused on political games, rather than helping these kids and securing the border.
But if Sarah Palin and others have their way, Republicans will soon start efforts to impeach President Obama.