Since Sarah Palin called for impeaching President Obama earlier this month, most Republican lawmakers have distanced themselves from her comments and blamed Democrats for seizing on the issue to grow their campaign coffers.
But on Wednesday morning, during an appearance on CNN’s New Day, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) seemed to endorse charging the president with “high crimes and misdemeanors.” Though he initially said he “is not pushing impeachment,” when pressed by host Chris Cuomo, King admitted that “if the president continues to violate the constitution” by expanding immigration relief, he would support the process. Watch it:
During an appearance on Breitbart News Saturday, King was slightly more direct, claiming that Obama “completely destroys the rule of law with the stroke of a pen” and could push House Republicans to consider impeachment. He also called for Obama’s impeachment in 2011.
Both parties appear to be using the issue to drive voters out to the polls. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has reportedly raised $2.1 million in online donations alone over the weekend, marking the organization’s best four days of fundraising in the 2012 election cycle. Though House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has ruled out impeachment, he is suing the president for unilaterally delaying a provision in the Affordable Care Act. On Sunday, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) refused to rule out impeaching the president and Republicans have floated the possibility since 2010.