GOP Lawyer Drafts Obama Impeachment Over Libya

Thursday, April 7, 2011


Bruce Fein, a prominent constitutional lawyer and civil libertarian has drafted an article of impeachment against President Obama over his attack of Libya, throwing down a legal gauntlet that could be picked up by Congressional Republicans.

Politico reports:

Bruce Fein, a former Reagan administration official and chairman of American Freedom Agenda writes in his 15-page argument that Obama’s course in Libya:

“Barack Hussein Obama has mocked the rule of law, endangered the very existence of the Republic and the liberties of the people, and perpetrated an impeachable high crime and misdemeanor.”

Fein, who worked on the impeachment of President Bill Clinton and also called for the impeachment of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, comes as some Republicans on the Hill, led by Sen. Rand Paul, object vociferously to Obama’s decision to strike targets in Libya without Congressional authorization.

“He’s been more bold than any other president,” said Fein, who said Obama has failed to secure congressional approval for his military action in a much more brazen way than previous administrations.

“If he can wipe out the war powers authorization, why can’t he wipe out Congress’s authority to spend?” asked Fein. ” If we’re going to be a government of laws, and not descend into empire, this is Caesar crossing the Rubicon.”

Fein said a number of Congressional offices have expressed interest in his proposal.

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18 Responses to GOP Lawyer Drafts Obama Impeachment Over Libya

  1. feminazi says:

    It’s getting interesting, isn’t it?

  2. Joe in Colorado says:

    If Tea Party members of the House pick up on this, then away we go, because Boehner is terrified of the Tea Party and he will at least be pushed into convening impeachment hearings. I’ll tell you who has the balls to do it: Issa. He loathes Obama and I think he would love to try and remove him from office.

  3. The Real Adam says:

    What Bruce Fein did was open the door.

    Now the unanswered question is, will Speaker Boehner walk through it?

  4. Woodcliffe says:

    Whether you think what Obama did sending the military to Libya while Congress was out of session and without making his case to Harry Reid and John Boehner was the appropriate thing to do or not, Obama’s actions were at very least, controversial and unusual for a president.

    Especially a president who taught Constitutional law at Harvard.

  5. Brigadoon says:

    Everything is pointing to a very rough year for this president. I would normally enjoy the political theater aspect but, there’s so much unfinished business that I’m not so happy about the state of Washington these days. Too much gamesmanship.

  6. CriticalEyes says:

    Well, I can’t believe it…………. The Thugpublicans are doing something that I agree with????? Now I’m stymied!

  7. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    Did you guys see NATO’s remarks today about Libya?

    Fawaz Gerges, a Middle East expert at the London School of Economics (LSE), wrote in a commentary posted on CNN’s website:

    “Libya appears to be sliding into a prolonged conflict with no light at the end of the tunnel, given the tribal structure of Libyan society and Gadhafi’s manipulation and co-opting of tribal divisions and allies.”

    Now the question is, who has more patience, NATO or Gadhafi?

  8. Estacada says:

    I said three weeks ago, if Kaddafi is in power after a month of U.S./NATO pounding, American troops will be on the ground and gas prices will soar to $5 a gallon.

    Well, guess what, kiddies? Kaddafi is still hanging on and gas is over $4 a gallon in many markets in the U.S., so we’ve got a week left on my prediction. If Kaddafi is still in power a week from tomorrow, we should anticipate the Marines invading Tripoli.

  9. The recent spike in crude oil/retail gas prices are geopolitical in nature.

    They have nothing to do with supply. For the Obama administration to dare to recycle Bush’s “blame the Chinese and India” meme circa’ 2008 is appalling and lazy.

    Obama is the new darling of the U.S. oil industry — replacing Bush as the source for record profits.

  10. Mets Fan says:

    What is they closed down the government and no one even noticed?

    In any case, if Bruce Fein’s impeachment draft should bubble up, it won’t be until after a budget is passed and, there are a few more investigations completed and on the books. Like why have more than 10,000 Freedom of Information requests been denied by the Obama administration and profile files created of the people who requested them?

  11. Gleneagle says:

    The interesting thing about Bruce Fein is, the left and right hate him equally. When he was involved Clinton impeachment, the Democrats railed against him. When he went after Bush and Cheney, the Republicans called him a heretic. But at the end of the day, Fein is interested in the law and the constitution and not party politics. Obama should be worried.

  12. Bel Ami says:

    At very least, the matter should come to a vote. Obama acted outside the constitution vis a vis Libya. But we all know this is America, this is the land of sports, church, mom, pie and the flag. In America we don’t impeach presidents for starting wars unilaterally, we impeach presidents for blow jobs.

  13. Pechanga says:

    I can’t stand Obama. I turn the TV to another channel when he’s on. Luckily for me, Obama is rarely before a camera these day.

    The last straw, my Waterloo with Obama, recently came with him naming Jeffrey Immelt, the president and CEO General Electric to be the White House czar on Jobs and Competitiveness.

    Why was this the last straw, you may ask? Because General Electric made $15 billion in profits last year and paid ZERO income tax. Immelt is the perfect elitist for an elitist in the making like Obama.

    I support impeaching him.

  14. fran says:

    “He’s been more bold than any other president,”

    I beg to differ. Bush/Cheney have a long & bloody 8 year long list of horrific crimes.

  15. Shayne K. says:

    I beg to differ. Bush/Cheney have a long & bloody 8 year long list of horrific crimes.

    Give Obama 5 more years and I’ll wager $100 he will equal Bush’s record.

  16. Jolly Roger says:

    I wish there were people of honor on the national scene, but….. there aren’t. I’m wondering what kind of criminal would replace the criminal in office now if an impeachment did proceed, and yes, I’m sure Joe is probably also a criminal.

  17. Abbey Peripatetic says:

    Yes, I’m sorry to say I would support impeachment too.

    Libya was just too much for me. How dare Obama do this while the U.S. Congress was in recess and after trying to cut the amount of Social Security the elderly receive?

    He isn’t who I thought he was back in 2008. In fact, I’m starting to find him monstrous.

  18. Strattford says:

    Remember when they said they weren’t counting the dead civilians on Iraq? Now, what they take to account? Number of barrels? America is not too big to fail, and it seems if we face the worst case scenario, we will see it’s a lot worse than we deemed to keep in mind.

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