Following the interview, Barletta's communications director was quoted in an article in the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader:
President Barack Obama has acted so unlawfully that he 'probably' wouldn't survive an impeachment vote in the House of Representatives, Republican Rep. Lou Barletta told a radio host on Monday.
'He’s just absolutely ignoring the Constitution, and ignoring the laws and ignoring the checks and balances,' the Pennsylvania lawmaker told News Radio 910 WSBA personality Gary Sutton yesterday.
'The problem is, what do you do?' Barletta continued. 'For those that say impeach him for breaking the laws or bypassing the laws — could that pass in the House? It probably could.'....Barletta made the comments during a discussion on illegal immigration after Sutton argued that the president wasn't 'faithfully executing the laws of this country.'
'Well we have a president that has taken this to a new level,' Barletta said of Obama's actions before explaining how he thinks impeachment proceeding would hypothetically play out in the House.....
'He’s just absolutely ignoring the Constitution': Republican Representative says there's 'probably' enough votes in the House to impeach Obama (Francesca Chambers, Daily Mail Online, June 17, 2014)
.... Barletta’s communications director, Tim Murtaugh, is quoted as saying his boss was not 'advocating or proposing' that the House impeach Obama.The congressman was merely relating one proposed way Congress could stop the president's 'consistent disregard for the law,' Murtaugh said.
His 'full answer is this: ‘Could that pass the House? Probably. Would the Senate ever convict? Certainly not.''There’s not the will nationally to remove the president, so would it be wise to pursue that? Or would it be harmful to the country? Surely the latter,' Murtaugh said.
This is just Washington wimpishness. Would impeaching Obama, or even trying to impeach Obama, be "harmful to the country"? I think it would be a step in the right direction.
Barletta for president!.