A Republican congressional candidate in a competitive district is promising to try to impeach President Obama because of his new immigration policy protecting one million undocumented students from being deported.
Allen Quist, a former state representative running against Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN) in Minnesota’s 1st congressional district, told a town hall late last week that Obama’s recent immigration policy, as well as his decision not to defend in court the Defense of Marriage Act, were both unconstitutional. While some Republicans would cautiously leave the matter there, Quist pressed on, declaring that Obama had committed an impeachable offense. If elected, he promised he would “not only propose it, [he] would argue it to the utmost of my ability and [he] would carry it like a banner to the American public.”
QUIST: When Richard Nixon was threatened with impeachment, one of the articles of impeachment was violating the Constitution of the United States. So is this an impeachable offense? Yes. Whenever the Constitution is violated, it is an impeachable offense. […]
QUESTIONER: Would that be something you would propose amongst your fellows there?
QUIST: I would not only propose it, I would argue it to the utmost of my ability and I would carry it like a banner to the American public.
Quist isn’t the only Republican currently floating impeachment as a response to Obama’s directive to protect one million children of undocumented immigrants from being deported. Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) told a radio show this morning that “impeachment is always a possibility.”